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Union College Nursing Questions

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General Interview Information

The Union College Nebraska Nursing program is open to graduates – or alternatively you can apply to the college itself for your undergraduate studies first and receive a ‘guaranteed place’ – i.e. you apply as an undergraduate and the university will then enrol you on the Nursing program upon completion of your prerequisite undergraduate courses. You will need to apply via NursingCAS if you are applying to the Nursing degree directly. You will also need to sit the Test of Essential Academic Skills.

The interview is not competitive, and the admissions rate to the university for Nursing is very high (with some sources claiming it to be over 90%).

Interview Format for Nursing at Union College

The school outlines that ‘after completing the TEAS, we want to get to know you better. The admissions interview isn’t to “weed out” students but rather to know how we can work together to help you achieve your goals.’ You should therefore see the interview as a relaxed conversation rather than a stressful interview – but the school is still likely to be looking for a better understanding of your motivation to study Nursing, where you want to go with a Nursing degree, and who you are as a person. You should see the interview as being traditional in format.

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Key Dates

The deadline for those applying for admission in August is February 1st. For those looking for spring admission, the deadline for applications is December 1st.

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Union college was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1891, although it today ‘encourages students from all faith backgrounds to find their God-designed potential for leadership, scholarship and service.’ Nonetheless, you should be prepared for an interview that is holistic in nature and perhaps interested in your personal spirituality as well.

​Motivation and Insight into Nursing

  • What made you become interested in Nursing?
  • Where do you want to go with your Nursing degree?
  • Where do you see Nursing taking you in 20 years’ time?
  • Do you see Nursing as an altruistic career?
  • How are you hoping that you can help others through a career in Nursing?
  • Please describe an experience you had during your shadowing work that illustrated both the way in which nurses can help others, and the difficulties that nurses might face.
  • Have you undertaken charity work or volunteering work? How has this informed both your desire to become a nurse and your own personal development?
  • Do you think that you will be able to have as much of an impact on people’s lives as a nurse as you would as a doctor or physician associate?
  • Is there a particular reason that you’re interested in Nursing rather than another caring profession? Perhaps you could have become a physiotherapist or radiographer, for example.

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Soft-skills & Communication

  • What does the term compassion mean to you? Why do you think that compassion is so important to nurses?
  • What do you think that the difference between empathy and sympathy is?
  • Do you think that working with people from different backgrounds and with different life experiences can improve your communication skills?
  • Should you feel for your patients?
  • Tell us about a time that you showed empathy towards someone else. How was empathy able to help in the situation?
  • Have you had a mentoring or pastoral role at school?
  • Imagine that one of your new friends on the Nursing course here at Union College has come to you in confidence and explained that they are struggling with the workload, and therefore resorted to cheating in a recent class test. What might you say to them, and how might you proceed in this situation?
  • Imagine that one of your patients has become agitated and distressed. They believe that their medication is causing their state to worsen. How might you speak to them?

The Course

  • Why are you interested in studying at Union College in particular?
  • Do you think that our course fits your learning style? How would you describe that learning style?
  • Have you spoken to alumni or current students at Union College in order to get an idea of what studying here is like?
  • What differentiated the Union Nursing program from others that you were looking at?
  • How will you deal with the amount of independent studying on the course?
  • Are you prepared for the difficulty of balancing patient contact and clinical work with academic learning?

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