Practical guide to completing your first Nursing job application |Sentence starters

 

As mentioned in the YouTube video above, I have created a list of sentence starters to help when completing your supporting statement on the NHS jobs website. I hope you all find it helpful. Like I said, this is very basic…It is your responsibility to do the hard work!

What I can personally offer is…

I can also offer a nurse who is…

My current position as…has offered me the invaluable realisation…

I would like to work as a staff nurse on…because…

I am particularly interested in…within…because…

 It will also give me the opportunity to…

Modules I studied…

 …sets me apart from my peers.

It demonstrates my ability to…

My current experience…

…I have had the experience of…

As a student, my practice experiences include…

…I will be able to…

…Trust…values.

…A nurse is also…

…will affect my practice as a registered nurse.

When referring to…

…demonstrates my strong ability to…

This is important when…

I am sure that my…

I look forward to receiving formal training with…

 

 

Nursing Associates cheap substitutes for RN’s

Nursing Associate: A role that was introduced in 2915 by Health Education England. It was created in order to Bridge the gap between Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants. If you have not already watched my video on this topic, watch it below. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like it.

 

 

I will use this post to highlight comments/questions from the comment section of this Video on YouTube. This will give us the opportunity to expand upon and reclarify points mentioned in the video. Let’s continue the discussion on Mariaavi.com

Student Nurse Interview Q&A Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of my Student Nurse Interview Q&A. In this post I will be answering five interview questions. Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series if you have not done so already, and share this post with people who may find it helpful.


‘A rising tide raises all ships’.


If you would like a professional and comprehensive guide (detailed, supported with referenced nursing literature etc), alongside one that provides multiple examples of each questions let me know. I am able to create a ‘comprehensive interview guide for student nurses’, but only if there is a demand for it. The responses to the questions in this post are incomplete, solely relying on it to pass your student nursing interview is not advised.

 

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Answers to question 1-3

Answers to questions 4-8

9. Is there anything that may impact your ability to become a student nurse?

This questions is very similar to ‘what is you biggest weakness’? I also consider it to be a trick question. Watch the video below for guidance.

 

 

 10. How will past experiences enable you be successful as a student nurse?

Make sure you link your response back to the role of a nurse and what it is you will be required to do as a student nurse. Your response to this question should include a reflective element as it directly askes you to draw from experiences from the past. I suggest that you use the STARR method to answer this question rather than the STAR method. In the video below I explain the difference between the two.

 

 

11. Talk me through a current nursing issue, is there anything you can do to resolve it?

Nursing pay, Brexit, nursing shortages, we all know about that. Whilst they are very (very) good topics to talk about when answering this question. I would suggest talking about topics that are not as publicised. It demonstrates to the interviewer that you have done research beyond what the media is selling. Topics you could cover when answering this question include:

The use of agency nurses

The introduction of Nursing associates

 

12. Are you aware of any nursing interventions/initiatives?

In short, a nursing intervention is any treatment that a nurse performs in order to improve the health outcome of a patient. Based on your experience, is there anything you can think of? When I look at this question, I think that the interviewer wants to know how involved you are in healthcare, how deep (rather than how long) your experience in healthcare is. 

 

13. What is patient experience?

Patient experience. It is the process of receiving care. It includes how, when, where why patients receive care. Thus it is often used as an indicator for the quality of care alongside clinical effectiveness and safety. The way people exist and interact within the health system is determined by their cognitive framework and expectations. Therefore what I may interpret as a positive experience (my overall level of satisfaction) may differ from what you believe to be a positive patient experience. Nonetheless. Learning from Patient experiences illustrates that people who have had positive experiences with their care generally have better health outcomes.

Patient experience included several aspects of healthcare delivery:

Did they manage to get and appointment at an appropriate time?

Where their antibiotics administered on time?

Did their Doctor communicate the patients diagnosis clearly enough?

Was the patient call bell within the patients reach?

Are we as nurses introducing ourselves to patients, or do we just assume that they know who we are?

  • It is important to note that patient experience and patient satisfaction are two different things. As mentioned above patient, patient experience includes several aspects of healthcare delivery. Whereas, patient satisfaction is the extent to which our expectations have been met.
  • To improve your response to this question you could suggest ways to improve patient experience, you could also touch on things that act as a barriers to improving patient experience.

 

I will be answering four questions in the next post in this series.

 

 

Student Nurse Interview Q&A Part 2

 

Welcome to Part 2 of my Student Nurse Interview Q&A. In this post I will be answering five interview questions. Make sure to read Part 1 of this series if you have not done so already, and share this post with people who may find it helpful. This post also includes 2 drug calculations.

‘A rising tide raises all ships’.

If you would like a professional and comprehensive guide (detailed, supported with referenced nursing literature etc), alongside one that provides multiple examples of each questions let me know. I am able to create a ‘comprehensive interview guide for student nurses’, but only if there is a demand for it. The responses to the questions in this post are incomplete, solely relying on it to pass your student nursing interview is not advised.

 

If you are interested in videos specifically for student nurses, subscribe to my channel Maria Avi on YouTube.

 

If you are interested in Vlogs, subscribe to my vlog channel, Maria Avi Vlogs.

 

Answers to questions 1-3.

 

4. What is your understanding of evidence based practice?

Evidence based practice involves using the best available evidence to support your nursing practice.

It is unlikely you will be asked this question. Nonetheless, I believe the response below will give you a better understanding of some of the things you will be expected to do as a student nurse, and as a registered nurse In the future.

Example: ‘Evidence based practice is using the best available evidence to guide your nursing practice. The best available evidence changes all the time, this requires nurses to keep up to date with their nursing practice through continual learning. Whilst it is important to keep up to date with evidence based practice. It is also important to be aware of the fact that it is not a one size fits all policy. Every patient we care for is different, and may all respond differently to the same type of treatment. So whilst evidence based practice is extremely important to ensuring patients get the best care. We must remember that every patient comes with their own set of values that may or may not affect the way that they interact with the care that we have to offer.

  • Evidence based practice is an interdisciplinary approach to care. Sometimes patient preference is neglected, and importance Is only placed on research evidence and clinical expertise.

 

5. Why do you want to be a nurse?

  • This question is personal to you. Everyone who wants to be a nurse has different reasons, however there are similarities. If you are practicing these questions with a friend, do not be concerned if your answers to this question are similar. It is your past experiences (previous jobs, summer schools, work experience, maybe helping to care for a family member) that will set you apart.
  • What the interviewer is looking for is a response that reflects nursing values. To help you articulate your answers to this question, I suggest that you make a mental note of the 6C’s and the 10 commitments.
  • As already mentioned above, use past experiences and examples to support your answer.

 

6. What is your understanding of the culture of compassionate care?

Example: ‘I understand the culture of compassionate care to be a vison and strategy for nurses, student nurses and anyone who works in the caring profession. It mirrors the work that they do. The culture of compassionate care can easily be understood by breaking it down into 6C’s. Care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment’.

  • Make sure you elaborate and explain each of the 6C’s. Just because you can list them does not mean you understand what they mean and how they relate directly to nursing practice.
  • Make sure that you use experiences and examples to support your answer to this question.
  • I suggest including a brief overview of each component of the 6C’s and then spending more time elaborating on one or two of them. The specific ‘C’ you choose to elaborate on will depend on how you feel you have demonstrated your understanding of each of these in the interview so far.

 

7. Why should we give you a place on this nursing degree over the other applicants?

This question provides you with the opportunity to sell yourself.

Talk about the individual skills you have and how it will help you to be successful as a student nurse.

 

8. Tell me about yourself?

  • Do: Give a brief overview of yourself professionally.
  • Do: Highlight your strongest points.
  • Do: Use facts and figures.
  • Do: State that you want the position and why.
  • Don’t: Talk about where you were born or how many siblings you have.
  • Don’t: Assume the interview has read the whole of you application. With that being said, this question is not the opportunity for you to list every single achievement.

 

Questions that I will be answering in the next post in this series are:

Is there anything that might impact your ability to become a student nurse?

How will past experience enable you to be successful as a student nurse?

Talk me through a current nursing issue, and is there anything that you can do to resolve it?

Are you aware of any nursing interventions/initiatives?

What is your understanding of patient experience?

 

BONUS Drug calculations

1a. Bob who weighs 80kg is prescribed 5mg/Kg of drug X in 24 hours. If drug X is to be administered over 3 doses, how much will he receive in each dose?

80kg*5mg=400mg

400mg to be given in 24 hours.

400mg to be given over 3 doses

400/3 doses= 133.333mg to be given per dose 

1b. If drug X comes in 80mg/2ml. How much would you draw up to administer one dose to Bob?

what has been prescribed/dose available*what it is in

133.333/80*2=3.333ml to be drawn up. 

 

2. Bob is to receive 750ml of IV fluids over 5hrs. The IV set delivers 20 drops per ml. At what rate in drips per minute should it drip?

750ml/5hr=150ml/hr         Divided by 60 (because there are 60 minutes in an hour). This is equal to      2.5ml/minute

The IV set delivers 20drops/ml

20*2.5=50drops/minute

There is more than one way to reach the answers above. The methods I have used is one that I am comfortable with.

 

 

 

Questions that I will be answering in the next post in this series are:

Is there anything that might impact your ability to become a nursing student?

How will past experiences enable you to be successful as a student nurse?

Talk me through a current nursing issue, and is there anything you can do to resolve it?

Are you aware of any nursing interventions/ initiatives?

What is your understanding of patient experience?

 

For more tips and advice on how to pass your nursing interview watch this video.

 

Student Nurse Interview Q&A Part 1

In this series, I will answer two-six questions per post alongside my usual blog post until I have answered 20 questions in total.

Make sure to share this post with people who you know will find this helpful.

‘A rising tide raises all ships’.

If you would like a professional and comprehensive guide (detailed, supported with referenced nursing literature etc), alongside one that provides multiple examples of each questions let me know. I am able to create a ‘comprehensive interview guide for student nurses’, but only if there is a demand for it. The responses to the questions in this post are incomplete, solely relying on it to pass your student nursing interview is not advised.

If you are interested in videos specifically for student nurses, subscribe to my channel Maria Avi on YouTube.

 

1. What do you think will be the most challenging part about being a student nurse?

This questions requires you to have an understanding of the role that you have applied for. Again, the responses must be relevant to your experiences and the position that you are applying for (mental health/adult/child/ learning disability field of practice). Whilst this questions asks you to refer to things you may find challenging. Use your response to highlight relevant strengths and experiences.

Example: ‘I think the most challenging part about being a student nurse will be meeting deadlines when I am not as motivated as I usually am. I recognised this during work experience at a local care home. From conversations within the nursing media and from  bloggers such as Maria Avi, it has become apparent that setting multiple smaller goals within larger individual goals is one way of meeting deadlines during busy and hard times. Although it may be challenge, adopting different types of methods in order to meet deadlines is something that I  will constantly be seeking to improve throughout my nursing career.

  • Use the STAR method if you find it helpful

 

 

2.Name five skills that all nurses should have?

Again, like the first question. This question requires you to have a thorough understanding of the role of not just a student nurses, but also that of registered nurses.

When giving your response to this question, do not just list five skills. That is boring and shows no real understanding. Make sure to explain why the five skills you have chosen are important. Why are they relevant?

Example: ‘One skill that nurses should have is the ability to reflect. The ability to reflect is important because it allows nurses to identify strengths and weaknesses in their practice. This is beneficial to her/him as a nurse because it means that she/he is continually evolving as a nurse. A nurses ability to reflect is beneficial to patients because it means that their care is personal. This is because reflection allows nurses to respond to verbal and non-verbal ques. The ability to reflect is important and relevant to the role of nurses in general because nursing practice is constantly changing. It requires nurses to individually and collectively think about things that go well, and things that could be improved’.

  • Referring to the 6C’s or the 10 commitments will help you identify five skills that all nurses should have.
  • Your answer to this question is a good opportunity to show your understanding of the different fields of nursing practice. Out of the five skills that you have selected. What one do you think is the most relevant for nurses in the mental health/adult/child/ learning disability field of practice? Do not be afraid to let the interviewer know what you think.

 

 

3.How do you respond to criticism?

Student nurses spend roughly 50% of their time in theory and the other in practice. During practice you will spend a considerable amount of time working closely with your mentor. Their aim is to support your learning. In this role they will give you a lot of feedback. Feedback that is intended to develop your practice. What is meant to be constructive feedback (constructive criticism) can often be delivered or received as being mean (personal criticism).

Referring back to a time you have received constructive criticism or harsh personal criticism will help you to answer this question.

Example: ‘I respond to criticism by listening clearly to what the person is saying. That way I can fully grasp what it is they mean. If I am unsure of what they mean then I always make sure to ask for clarification. One example of when I received feedback was when I delivered a presentation at college. I was given constructive criticism by my teacher. At first, I didn’t understand what she meant, so I asked for clarification. I am glad that I did because it meant that I did not leave with any assumptions. After hearing what she said, I knew that it was constructive criticism and not criticism that was aimed at me personally. I took the appropriate steps to improve on what it is she said. Using the course guidelines helped me in this process.

  • Constructive criticism without action is pointless. Don’t just say I listen well. Depending on the example that you will use to support you answer to this question, give relevant action points.
  • There is a difference between criticism that is aimed to help you develop (feedback) and criticism that is aimed at you personally (being mean).
  • Always link back to what you envision you will be doing as a student nurse.

 

Questions that I will be answering in the next post in this series are:

What is your understanding of evidence based practice?

Why do you want to be a nurse?

Tell me about yourself?

What is your understanding of the culture of compassionate care?

Why should we give you a place on this nursing degree over the other applicants?

 

For more tips and advice on how to pass your nursing interview, watch this video.