King's Nursing Interview Questions & Tips
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King’s College London is the most prestigious university to offer a nursing course in the country. It therefore places a slightly higher emphasis on academics than rival courses, requiring BBB at A-Level as opposed to the more standard BBC that is required. This attitude is reflected also in their not accepting General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills or Global Perspectives for A-Level. For the 2021 intake, all applicants will be invited to sit online interviews rather than in-person.
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You’ll need to show that you are the right fit for their course. That means showing an interest in the knowledge that underpins the Nursing profession – be it bioscience, ethics, or public health policy. Therefore, ensure that you are up-to-date on current trends and news in health, both in the UK and globally.
This knowledge will also apply to the Nursing profession itself. You will be expected to thoroughly understand the role of an Adult Nurse, as well as have a good overview of other types of Nursing, and possible roles that you could take on over the years. Think about roles in leadership, education, policy or research. Showing that you have thought about the profession as a whole, and the variety that it can offer, will serve to set you apart from many of the other interviewees. You will be expected to have directly learnt about the profession – their course information states, ‘Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged,’ and you should take this as a prompt to secure work experience. Reflect on your work experience extensively before the interview to draw out key learnings – these should cover the key character traits that a good nurse has, the challenging aspects of nursing, and your motivation for pursuing a career in nursing.
The King’s College London syllabus and course aims are clearer than many of their rivals. They emphasise that you will be required to work independently and in a team in order to become a nurse. Therefore consider your own experience of teamwork, and mentally prepare a few highlights to demonstrate your ability in this area. You will also need to show leadership and an ability to be self-directed. This is especially relevant in terms of learning and learning styles; a lot of the work done to be a healthcare professional is done on one’s own terms, and outside of lectures and groups. Therefore ensure that you can show that you find it easy to motivate yourself to learn, and are able to learn well without supervision or direction.
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The King’s Syllabus also places great emphasis on ‘the conceptual and philosophical perspectives of the person-centred framework.’ This approach to care is in opposition to the traditional ‘paternalistic’ approach to medicine. Before, doctors and nurses would treat patients in the way they thought best, without explaining the procedures in detail to the patient and working together with them to find the best kind of care. Nowadays, you will be expected to work in conjunction with the patient – the patient centred framework. Some key concepts here are providing holistic care, working with the patient’s values and beliefs, engaging the patient, being empathetic, and sharing decision making. This allows the patient to feel satisfied with their care, involved with their care, and have a true feeling of wellbeing. You should take the time to look into this model of patient care, and familiarise yourself with it. If you are able to consider it, and view your own experience and desire to work in nursing in context of it, then you will stand a great chance of excelling in the interview.
Some Key Questions for King’s Interviews
- What are you most looking forward to about being a nurse?
- Are you interested in academia? Would you like to publish research or work in research in the future?
- Lifelong learning is a core part of being a healthcare professional. Can you tell us a bit about your own interests in learning?
- What do you know about the person-centred framework of patient care?
- Can you describe the role of teamwork in nursing?
- When have you shown leadership skills?
- What is the role of an Adult Nurse?
- What can you tell us about COVID-19?
- What are some of the key current health news stories?
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