Free Nursing School Interview Circuit & Model Answers

The following stations represent past nursing school interview stations, with model answers written by nursing school interviewers and interview specialists.

Nursing School Interview: Station 1

Station 1 Excellent Candidate Approach

What have you learnt from your work experience?

From my work experience, I recognised the importance of effective communication both within the MDT and between nurses and patents. I think that being able to adapt how you communicate, depending on the situation and to whom is very much an art form, for example, it can be difficult to obtain a full history from a patient but this is vital information as 80% of diagnosis are made from history taking.

My work experience also emphasised the importance of teamwork in the nursing profession, as nurses work alongside a number of healthcare professionals who have very useful input especially at multidisciplinary meetings. 

Nursing School Interview: Station 2

Station 2 Excellent Candidate Approach

As a group, discuss whether there should be global coordination and consensus on organ donation rather than country specific policies?

How to succeed in the teamwork station

  1. Refer to colleagues by their name – At the start of the session, take a minute to remember each (or as many as possible) of your colleagues names. Referring to your colleague by their preferred name will not only build rapport and respect, but will also demonstrate a professional approach to examiners and interviewers.
  2. Demonstrate ‘active listening’ – The best candidates will not only offer good suggestions, but will also acknowledge suitable input from others eg. ‘That’s a really good point Simon and I can see that working very well, especially if……’
  3. Think before you speak – It is common for students to feel pressure to offer input and thus speak before considering what they are suggesting. Before offering input, ask yourself ‘Will this point add to what has already been said?’ and ‘Would I approve if another student mentioned this point? If the answer to either question is no, take a deep breath…and think of your next point
  4. Remember you are in an interview – In contrast to other interview stations, the interviewers often take a back seat in these stations in an attempt to offer candidates a false sense of relaxation. It is essential that you do not lower your guard and act in a way that you would not deem suitable for a medical student or medical professional. Interviewers are often paying closer attention to verbal and non-verbal behaviour in these stations than they are in one-to-one MMI settings.
  5. Avoid confrontation – However much you disagree with a point made by a colleague, it is essential to avoid confrontation in the team interview task. You are welcome to offer opposing input, however ensure that you avoid raising your voice or aggressive posturing as this will reflect badly on you.

Advantages of a global organ donation policy

  1. An overall greater supply of organs would enable better organ matching (size and genetics), thus reducing the likelihood of transplant rejection.
  2. Presently, some organs are being ‘wasted’ and global co-operation would help to reduce the waste of vital organs.

Disadvantages of a global organ donation policy

  1. One of the reasons for differing policies is variation in cultural and religious views. The thought of an opt-out/compulsory opt-in organ donation system would not be culturally/religiously acceptable for a number of countries. Hence, this may restrict individual autonomy
  2. Slippery slope – Should there also be a global healthcare fund, where people can travel to anywhere in the world for healthcare without additional charge? And would this be fair on those paying higher tax contributions towards healthcare?
  3. Logistically transporting organs around the world would be challenging and expensive.

Nursing School Interview: Station 3

Station 3 Excellent Candidate Approach

Name two medical conditions which have decreased in prevalence over the last 50-100 years?

Public health campaigns and medical research have allowed great progress to be made with reducing the prevalence of certain diseases. In 1988, the largest health initiative in history was begun to eradicate polio in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. It was greatly successful, and led to a tremendous decrease in polio prevalence across the world, particularly in Asia. Smallpox is another disease whose prevalence has been decreased so much that it was declared eradicated. In 1980, an immunisation campaign led by the World Health Organisation saw an aggressive approach to eradicating this viral disease, and ultimately was successful.

Nursing School Interview: Station 4

Station 4 Excellent Candidate Approach

You are required to give a patient 1.2g of a new chemotherapy agent Co-Algonate. This comes as a 10% (w/v) solution in bags containing 500ml. What volume of the 500ml bag would you need to give?

1% = 1g in 100ml
10% = 10g in 100ml

10g = 100ml
1.2g = 12ml

(The size of the bag in this case is irrelevant information)

Why did we ask you to complete this calculation task?

Mathematic calculations are essential in nursing practice with everything from calculating drug dosages to a patient’s BMI. Additionally, when calculating drug dosages, small calculating errors can have significant negative medical consequences ranging from excess side effects and complaints to significant morbidity and possible mortality.
Additionally, safe prescribing and calculations is the responsibility of all MDT professionals ranging from doctors and nurses to pharmacists and even medical students who may be present in an observatory capacity, but should still be qualified to highlight any medication errors observed.

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