How to prepare for your Adult Nursing interview

Great tips from our Admissions Team

If you're preparing for your interview for the Adult Nursing degree at USW, here are some great tips from the Admissions Team. The interview panel will consist of an academic, a clinician, and possibly a young person from one of our local comprehensive schools.

  • Research the Adult Nursing degree and the University by looking at the website and attending an Open Day. 
  • Get as much practical experience as you can. This is the best way to show your enthusiasm and commitment. Not only will it give you a true insight into the real world of nursing, it will also give you plenty to talk about in the interview.
  • Be on time! Make sure you know where you need to be and how to get here with plenty of time to spare.
  • Bring all documentation requested – you may lose points otherwise.
  • Dress in smart clothes. Remember, this is an interview for a professional course.
  • Re-read your application form and personal statement. We will ask you to elaborate on it and it’s vital to remember what you've said. 
  • Be clear about why you want to be a nurse - why you have chosen this field of nursing; what do you know about the role and responsibilities of a nurse in this area; are you familiar with current evidence base.
  • Good websites to look at are the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Midwifery and the Nursing Times.

Prepare for common questions such as:

  • Why do you want to be an adult nurse?
  • What do you know of the roles and responsibilities of an adult nurse? 
  • What qualities do you need to be a good nurse? Think about how your talents and skills match the qualities needed. Read The All Wales Dignity at Work Policy and NHS England’s Compassion in Practice for guidance. Also consider what you would want from a nurse.
  • Why have you chosen to apply to USW; what do you know about our course; have you been to an Open Day?
  • What do you understand by the term 'professional'? What qualities do you need?
  • What current issues in nursing interest/are of concern to you?
  • What do you know about the NMC and registration? Read The Code for guidance.

Finally, be confident and be yourself. Good luck!

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