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Motivation and Insight into Nursing

  • Tell us more about this section of your application.
  • Why do you want to be a nurse?
  • Why are you interested in becoming a nurse rather than a doctor?
  • Why do you want to be a nurse rather than a physician assistant?
  • Are you interested in a particular area of nursing?
  • Would your decision to become a physician change if the US made the decision to move to a universal healthcare system like that of Canada?
  • Can you explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?
  • What is an HMO? How does this differ to its alternative, PPO?
  • What are you most looking forward to about becoming a nurse?
  • What do you think will be the most challenging parts of being a nurse?
  • What personal attributes does a good nurse need?
  • What do you think is the single most important issue facing healthcare in the USA today?
  • Are you interested in research? Have you undertaken any research projects yourself?
  • How do you think the role of a nurse has changed in the last 50 years in the USA?
  • How do you think nursing will change in the next 20 years?
  • What can you tell us about COVID-19?
  • What are the most important challenges to global health currently?
  • What do you know about the history of nursing in the USA?
  • How are nurses in the USA regulated?
  • What work experience have you organised?
  • How did you go about organising your work experience or charity work?
  • What has surprised you so far during your work experience or volunteering?
  • Have you shadowed any nurses? If so, did they impress you or not?
  • What do you look for in a nursing college
  • What differentiates our nursing program from others in the US for you?
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Ethical Dilemmas

  • If you were to catch a classmate stealing, what would you do?
  • Do you think that nurses should be able to go on strike or protest?
  • Should we prioritise a patient’s length of life or their quality of life?
  • Should patients be offered treatment for free if they can’t afford it?
  • Should patients who have caused their own problems still be provided healthcare?
  • If a doctor that you were working with was found to be drunk at work, what would you do?
  • Should one’s religious beliefs affect the care that one provides as a nurse?
  • What would you do if a patient was highly verbally aggressive?
  • What would you do if one of the doctors that you were working with was misogynistic or sexist?
  • What would you do if you found two nurses arguing in front of a patient that you knew?

Communication Stations

  • Why is communication important to the practice of Nursing?
  • Are there any patients that you might find it harder to communicate with than others?
  • Have you ever found that your communication skills helped you or your team out of a difficult situation?
  • What does the word empathy mean to you?
  • Can you describe the difference between empathy and sympathy?
  • Should you show sympathy for your patients?
  • Imagine that one of your friends at school is going to drop out as they are struggling with the amount of work that they have to do. Think about what you might say to them. How would you approach the situation?

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Teamwork Tasks

  • Tell us about a team that you have been part of.
  • Do you find that you are able to learn well as part of a team?
  • Tell us about the other people that nurses have to work with on a daily basis.
  • Are you a good leader?
  • Tell us about a time that your team failed, and you took from this failure – how did it help you grow?

General / Personal Statements

  • What does the term resilience mean to you?
  • Have you ever faced adversity? Tell us about a situation that you found tough.
  • Tell me about the ways in which you deal with the pressure of studying at this school.
  • How do you relieve stress? What do you do to relax?
  • What challenges have you taken on in your life outside of school?
  • Why are you interested in studying at this school in particular?
  • What can you in particular bring to this school? Why should we select you?
  • What do you find interesting about the city itself?
  • Tell us about your academics at high school. Why/how did you get the GPA that you did?
  • How will you deal with the amount of independent studying involved in our program?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses?
  • How would your friends describe you in three words?
  • Are you good at time management?

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