Edge Hill University Interview Questions for Nurses

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Edge Hill University Interview Questions for Nurses

Edge Hill University Interview Questions for Nurses

Pre-Registration Nursing Interviews 2017

EHU143 Virtual Ward Day DSC_5146Congratulations on being invited to attend an interview!

We are very pleased that you have decided to apply to Edge Hill University for a place on one of our Pre-Registration Nursing programmes. This page contains an outline of the interview process you will experience, as well as providing general information about the programme. We hope that this will enable you to prepare thoroughly and to present yourself well at interview.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to the campus, have a successful outcome and decide that you would like to come to Edge Hill University. Good luck!

If you wish to view this information in Microsoft Word, you may download the information here:

Pre-Reg-Nursing-Interview-Guidance-2017

What to bring with you

There are various documents you will need to bring with you on the day. We have provided a list of the important things you need to bring with you below.If you wish to download this checklist you may do so here: Checklist for applicants – Nursing – 2017
Original certificates:GCSE qualifications – particularly in English Language and MathematicsA Levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC, Access etc)Photocopies of certificates – to ensure we can check you in for your interview quickly please bring photocopies of the qualifications listed above, as well as your original certificates. Please note that it will not be possible for us to photocopy these for you on the day.Please note:

  • If you have changed your name since the certificates were issued, please provide evidence of your name change (e.g. marriage certificate, change of name deed poll etc).
  • If you do not bring your certificates on the day and are successful following your interview, we will withhold the offer until we have verification of your original certificates.

Photographic ID – Please bring with you your original photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). Your ID will be checked by the Chair of the interview panel prior to the start of the interview process. If you do not bring suitable ID on the day, you may not be interviewed and will have to attend on an alternative date.

Additional Supporting Evidence – If you have any additional supporting evidence (i.e. additional references, evidence of work experience, etc), that you would like to show your interviewers, please bring this with you on the day.

Parking Notice – If you are intending to park on campus, please display the parking notice found by clicking the following link on your dashboard when you arrive. Please note, these notices do not guarantee a space on campus:

Parking Notice Health Interviews

A Calculator – Please bring a calculator to assist you with the Numeracy test. Please note calculators on mobile phones will not be permitted.

Pens – Please bring a couple of pens with you

Structure of the day

Edge Hill University 30.6.11You will have been invited to attend for interview for either the morning 09.00am start or the afternoon 12.15pm start.All interviews follow a similar format, but you need to be aware that the process can differ according to the number of applicants attending, the venue, and the time of year. Please check your invitation carefully for the interview time and location.

Please be aware that the interview process can take up most of the morning or afternoon depending on which session you are invited to.

Please be aware that the interview process can take up most of the morning or afternoon depending on which session you are invited to.

Below is the general programme for the day:

  •  Arrival and check in
  • Collection of qualifications and any other information you have been asked to bring with you (please refer to section 2 of these guidance notes)
  • General welcome and introduction
  • Completion of numeracy task and written task
  • Individual interviews

You are likely to be interviewed by a member of academic staff and a member of clinical staff from practice and / or a service user. Your interview will take around 20 minutes and you will be asked a number of questions relating to yourself and your chosen career pathway.

There is no formal closure of the interview session’s activities. Once you have completed the full interview process (including the numeracy test, written task and your interview) you are free to leave.

Purpose of the Interview

EHU334 Student Nurses DSC_2690The programme you have applied for is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).   The NMC sets out clear standards of proficiency for those wishing to complete a programme leading to application to join the NMC Register of professionals.For further information on the NMC, go to www.nmc-uk.org

You will be interviewed to see whether you:

  • possess the personal, intellectual and presentational qualities suitable to become a nurse
  • hold values that are aligned to the NHS constitution
  • have the ability to accomplish the academic and professional requirements of the programme
  • display an understanding of the demands of studying at university
  • meet the standards required for entry to the programme applied for
  • display a commitment to developing subject knowledge, skills and understanding in order to be able to care for patients
  • display a commitment to becoming a competent, safe, professional nurse
  • communicate clearly in written and spoken Standard English (to be tested through interview and written task)
  • demonstrate the required numeracy skills (to be tested at interview)

Selection Criteria

EHU143 Virtual Ward Day DSC_5099You can expect that the interview will assess all of the following areas:Intellectual ability and personal and presentational qualities

You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you have an enthusiasm for Nursing, hold true to the core NHS Values and would be likely to adopt a positive approach to work.

Particular qualities we will be looking for include:

  • confidence
  • clear speech
  • positive demeanour
  • the capacity to be an effective member of a team
  • good communication skills
  • enthusiasm
  • ability to get on with people
  • a caring attitude
  • a genuine liking for and understanding of caring for sick patients
  • an ability to analyse questions and issues
  • an ability to give clear, thoughtful answers to questions

Professional awareness and a commitment to a future career in Nursing

Previous experience of health care is desirable but not essential. You should have a good understanding of the knowledge, concept and skills of the subject area and the capacity to articulate your understanding.  If you have planned to gain experience after the interview you should let your interviewers know.

Academic Awareness

Success on this course depends on you being able to commit to academic and professional demands and for this reason you should be able to demonstrate clearly an understanding of the academic rigours of this course and how you will ensure assessment deadlines are met.

Interviewers will expect candidates to have a basic understanding of the theoretical experience that will be gained during this programme and how that might enable your practice experience.

Do remember that an interview is a two way process and that you should treat the interview as an opportunity to ask questions yourself. It is important that you make the right choice of programme. Your undergraduate programme will be intensive and challenging, but ultimately enjoyable and rewarding.

English

The ability to communicate clearly in spoken Standard English and the ability to write and understand written English. This will be tested on the day through the interview and written task.  For further details and a sample paper please see Appendix A.

As you have applied for programme of study which adheres closely to the six core NHS values you are strongly advised to read around the core values of Respect and Dignity, Compassion, Commitment to quality of care, Improving Lives, working Together, Everyone Counts.

The values enshrined within the NHS Constitution were developed by patients, public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS and guide it into the 21st century.  The NHS values provide common ground for cooperation to achieve shared aspirations and can be found in Section 2:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/480482/NHS_Constitution_WEB.pdf

In Addition, Leading Change, Adding Value is a new national framework launched in 2016 for all nursing, midwifery and care staff in England, wherever you work and whatever role you might have. It contains 10 commitments for nurses and you are advised to read this document which can be found at:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nursing-framework.pdf

Numeracy

The ability to accurately understand and calculate basic numeracy calculations which form the basis for further study in areas such as clinical maths and drug calculations.   These skills will be tested during the interview process. A resource that will support you in terms of revision for the Numeracy paper on the day can be found in here. You are strongly advised to access this resource which is free. Please also see Further Information on Interview Test – Numeracy section below.

Preparation for your interview

Before the interviewIt is essential that you have:

  1. researched and read about the role of the nurse
  2. thought about and can explain why you wish to enter a career in Nursing
  3. professional awareness and commitment to a future career in Nursing
  4. Studied the examples of the numeracy test and examples of the type of English questions you will be tested on at the interview.
  5. considered the amount of studying that will be involved in the programme
  6. have read this document and made a note of the items you need to bring with you to the interview (see also section 2) and any questions that you want to ask

You may find the following websites useful in helping you to prepare:

Basic English skills

Basic Numeracy skills
Student Numeracy Assessment Project (SNAP)
NHS Careers website

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nursing-framework.pdf

Please remember to log in to UCAS Track to accept the interview invitation, if you haven’t already done so.

Applicants with Disabilities or Specific Learning Difficulties

Inclusion3Applicants with disabilities or learning difficulties should note that the decision to offer a place on a course is made only on the selection criteria outlined on this page. However, you should note the following:

  • If you normally have additional time for examinations or tests, or large font type, or any other specific arrangements, please inform the Admissions Office by completing the online form. Please provide a copy of your LA ‘statement’ or a letter from your school, college or employer to confirm that additional time for tests is a requirement. If you require a BSL interpreter, it is important that you tell us about this and that you allow at least 5 working days for us to locate one for you. Unfortunately, there is a very limited supply of suitably qualified BSL interpreters and, therefore, the demand for these is high.
  • If you would like any confidential advice or information on Edge Hill University’s student support services for students with disabilities or learning difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact our Inclusion Team:

Tel: 01695 584190 or 01695 584746

Email: inclusiveservices@edgehill.ac.uk

Pre-Registration Nursing Programme Information

EHU334 Student Nurses DSC_2795A summary of important information about the Pre-Registration Nursing course:

  • Your programme is designed to enable you to meet the NMC requirements for competency in both theory and practice.
  • The practice element will be in hospital and community settings, including private and voluntary organisations
  • Normally theory will be delivered on the Ormskirk Campus. However, theory may also be delivered on the Aintree Site.
  • Nursing is a 24 hour activity and you will be required to attend practice placements on a shift pattern, including at night and weekends.

Below as illustrated are examples of the possible shift patterns you are likely to encounter.

EARLYLATESNIGHT DUTY
07.15 – 14.4513.45 – 21.1520.45 – 07.45

Edge Hill University will provide you with high quality placements that will enable you to become professional practitioners who are well equipped to meet the challenges of health care in the 21st century. The programme is designed to provide each student with all the experiences required.

Many placements are geographically dispersed and this may necessitate some travelling.

In the main placements will be in the Merseyside and West Lancashire area any placements outside of this area cannot be guaranteed.

Where possible you will be placed as close to your term time address, but this is NOT guaranteed.

To help you make the most of your time in the practice areas a hub and spoke approach is adopted to ensure a rich and diverse exposure to client groups.

Areas where you will gain this experience may include:

  • Acute NHS Trusts
  • Community
  • Independent/Private hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Nursery’s
  • G.P surgeries
  • Walk in centres

Information about the placement circuit can be found on the Practice Learning Support System website. A journey planner is available on this site to help you with your travel arrangements.

Your programme is planned to cover a period of 156 weeks. This currently includes a leave entitlement of 35 days per year. Leave must be taken at the stipulated time to avoid disruption to your educational programme; i.e. you cannot choose your own holiday period. You will be expected to undertake 37.5 hours per week in theory and practice. A three year training plan will be given to you on commencement of the course, indicating blocks of theory, practice and holidays. Please note that this could be subject to change due to a number of circumstances.

All successful candidates will be required to complete a placement profile form. This will be provided by the Placement Learning Support Team within the Faculty of Health, and will allow the team to have a record of key information about all trainees when they are making placement arrangements.

Further information on our courses can be found on our website:

Admissions Information

The Admissions Team is here to guide you through the application process. If you have any queries about your application or the interview guidance information, please do not hesitate to contact us on the following numbers:

01695 650950 or 01695 650953 or 01695 650696

If you require any specific information on issues such as student finance, accommodation, student support etc, specialist guidance is available from Student Services in the Student Information Centre at the Ormskirk campus, or you can contact them by telephone on 01695 584554.

Notification of the interview outcome

Following your interview, we will let you know the result as soon as reasonably possible, normally within 10 working days.   As competition for places is extremely fierce, and in fairness to all candidates, we may delay making final decisions until we have completed all the interviews, which means you may not receive a decision following the interview for several months. However, we will endeavour to keep you informed of the situation should this be the case.

Decisions are made based on your interview and the selection criteria set out within this guidance information.

If you are successful

Following the interview, you will receive written confirmation of the decision reached by the interview panel. If your interview is successful and you are made an offer, the letter will advise you to log in to UCAS Track to check the specific conditions of your offer. If you have any queries regarding your offer conditions, you must contact the Admissions Officer immediately and certainly within 14 days of the date on the offer letter.

In order to ensure your smooth entry to Edge Hill and your professional training programme, it is important that you adhere to the national criteria for entry to the profession by following guidance notes issued by the NMC/UCAS/Edge Hill Prospectus and that you are

1. Able to comply with the requirements of the offer sent to you and any other requests as soon as they are asked for and certainly not later than a given date.

2. Able to meet the national requirements for full clearance to work with people in respect of the Police Act and the health standards to enter the profession

3. Able to comply with any changes in the national requirements for those starting Nursing programmes in 2014

4. Responsible for the completion and prompt return of all forms sent to you.

If you are unsuccessful

Try not to be too disappointed. Our Nursing programmes are greatly oversubscribed and every year we are forced to turn down very good applicants because of the strict number of places we are able to offer. An unsuccessful decision does not necessarily mean we think you are not suitable for the profession and we would always encourage you to reapply in a later cycle. We will notify UCAS and, at the same time, write to you providing individual feedback detailing the reasons for the decision, to help you prepare for any future applications you may decide to make.

Further Information on Interview Test – English

The written comprehension test will last for 40 minutes, in which time the candidate will be asked to read a paper and answer a number of questions in relation to that paper. The final part of the written task will ask you to demonstrate your understanding of one of the core NHS Values – please refer back to section 1.5.The written comprehension ensures that if required to write patient notes you manage to write succinctly, legibly and confidently ensuring the information is accurate and enhances patient safety.

Please see a sample paper below.

Please note this is an interview task and does not substitute the entry requirements for GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language.

Grandparents who care for children ‘boost obesity risk:

Young children who are regularaly looked after by their grandparents have an increased risk of being overweight, an extensive British study has suggested. Analysis of 12,000 three-year olds suggested the risk was 34% higher if grandparents cared for them full time. Children who went to nursery or had a child-minder had no increased risk of weight problems, the International Journal of Obesity reported.

Nearly a quarter of preschool children in the UK are overweight or obese.

The researchers said very little research had been done on the influenze of childcare on weight. Yet childcare may have an effect on weight through diet and physical activity. The study used data from the Millennium Cohort Study, which looked at the health of children aged between nine months and three years old, who had been born in the UK between 2000 and 2001. The results showed that those looked after by grandparents part-time had a 15% higher risk of being overweight for their age compared with those solely looked after by their parents. Those who were cared for by their grandparents full-time had a 34% increased risk of being overweight, the University College London team found.

Further analysis taking into account the child’s socio-economic background, found the increased risk was only apparant in children from the most advantaged groups – whose mothers had a managerial or professional job, had a degree, or lived with their partner.

There was also an increased risk of being overweight associated with other informal care provided by relatives or friends but only if that was full-time.

‘Best alternative’

The researchers said it was well-recognized that parents value care provided by grandparents and consider it to be the best alternative to full-time parent care. They said the issue was about providing informal carers, such as grandparents, with better information and support around diet and exercise.

A recent anouncemont to provide grandparents with National Insurance credits for caring for grandchildren under the age of 13 years for at least 20 hours a week from 2011, “provides a potential opportunity for such health promotion”, they advised.

Study leader Professor Catherine Law said this study, which was backed by other work done in the US, did not look at why grandparent care was associated with being overweight but that indulgence of children and lack of physical exercise were two possible explanations.

“One of the ways forward would be to talk to small groups of grandparents to see the challenges they face”.

“Some of the things that might help would be educating the population in general about healthy lifestyles but also things like avoiding food as a reward and suggestions for building activities into daily life.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “We know that obesity is a very complex issue with a wide range of factors involved”.

The latest figures show that child obesity levels are the lowest reported since 2001. However, there’s no doubt that levels of obesity in this countery, as in the rest of the developed world, are far too high.

“That’s why we’re investing time, energy and money into preventing people from becoming obese in the first place.”

Extract from By Emma Wilkinson

Health reporter, BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8513112.stm

15th February 2015

Section A

Please answer the following questions

The words written in bold within the passage you have just read are spelt incorrectly. Please circle the correct spelling.

  1. What is the correct spelling of?
a. regularalyc. regulerly
b. regularlyd. reggularly

2.  What is the correct spelling of?

a. influencec. influance
b. influenzed. influanze

3.  What is the correct spelling of?

a. aparentc. apparant
b. apparuntd. apparent

4.  What is the correct spelling of?

a. anouncemontc. announcemant
b. announcemuntd. announcement

5.  What is the correct spelling of?

a. countrayc. countery
b. countryd. counterry
 Section A Total Scores (out of 10)

Section B

The questions below relate to the passage that you have just read. Please circle the correct answer. In each case there is only one correct answer that relates to the text that you have just read.

  1. An increased risk of children being overweight is associated with
a. Children from affluent backgroundsc. All children cared for by grandparents and informal carers
b. Children from lower socio-economic groupsd. All children who are cared for by their grandparents on a full time basis

2.  What percentage of children have a higher risk of obesity when a grandparent cares for them some of the time?

a. Thirty percentc. Thirty four percent
b. Fifteen percentd. Fifty percent

3.  What could be one reason for suggesting that grandparents are responsible for boosting the obesity risk?

a. Grandparents do not indulge their grandchildrenc. Indulgence and lack of physical exercise results in obesity risk
b. Grandparents feed children unhealthy foodsd. Grandparents need to be taught about the importance of diet and exercise

4.   Health promotion opportunities would be supported by issuing Insurance credits when informal carers provided care for what length of time?

a. about 20 hours per weekc. at least 20 hours per week
b. over twenty hours per weekd. 20 hours every now and then

5.   How many pre-school children in the UK are overweight??

a. 34%c. 25%
b. 12000d. 15%

 

Section B Total Scores (out of 30)

Section C

The values enshrined within the NHS constitution were developed by patients, public and staff to inspire passion in the NHS and guide it in the 21st century.  The NHS values provide common ground for cooperation to achieve our shared aspirations.

One of the core NHS values is Compassion

Explain your understanding of the term ‘Compassion’ and, where appropriate, please give examples of how you have demonstrated Compassion in the past. Please discuss how, as a student nurse how you would ensure that Compassion is delivered to ALL client groups?

Please see answers below:

Section A

The words written in bold within the passage you have just read are spelt incorrectly. Please circle the correct spelling.

  • What is the correct spelling of regularaly? B – regularly
  • What Is the correct spelling of influenze? A – influence
  • What is the correct spelling of apparant? D – apparent
  • What is the correct spelling of anouncemont? D – announcement
  • What is the correct spelling of countery? B – country

Section B.

  • An increased risk of children being overweight is associated with?   A. Children from affluent backgrounds
  • What percentage of children have a higher risk of obesity when a grandparent cares for them some of the time?  B. 15%
  • What could be one reason for suggesting that grandparents are responsible for boosting the obesity risk?  C. Indulgence and lack of physical exercise results in obesity risk
  • Health promotion opportunities would be supported by issuing Insurance credits when informal carers provided care for what length of time?  C.   At least 20 hours per week
  • How many children in the UK are overweight?   C. 25%

Section C

One of the core NHS values is Compassion

Explain your understanding of the term Compassion, and as a student nurse how would you ensure compassion is delivered to ALL client groups. Where appropriate you may give examples of how you have demonstrated this in the past.

Answer Guide

    • Getting the basics right – attention to the ‘little things’
    • Can they define compassion?
    • Do they demonstrate a desire to alleviate suffering in others – How do they do this?
    • Demonstrate respect and dignity
    • Treat patients, carers and staff with sensitivity and kindness
    • Make people feel valued
    • Communication skills – talk AND listen
    • Show empathy, trust and honesty
    • Do they mention praise and encouragement as ways to make people feel better about situations and how they are feeling?
    • Empower and support service users and carers
    • Treat people the way they would want to be treated, or if it was their own family member
    • Make time for the people who need their support.

Further Information on Interview Test – Numeracy

The numeracy paper consists of 10 questions to be completed within 10 minutes – calculators may be used.On your interview day you will have a maths test consisting of twelve questions. The questions will relate to addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentages, fractions, weight and height. Below are some examples of what may appear on the test paper. In addition to the types of questions given you are strongly recommended to revise all of the areas mentioned above.

QuestionAnswer
1In total Mark has 25 shirts, 15 of which are blue. What percent of Mark’s shirts are NOT blue?
2
9   +   13   =
2
3June has three 1L and one 2L bottles of orange juice, she pours out 22 cups of 200 ml each. How many milliliters of orange juice will be left when all 22 cups have been filled?
4Calculate 875.60 – 484.10
5
1   +   1   =
7       2
6Convert 9700 grams into kilograms.
7Calculate the TOTAL weight in Kilograms of the following three people, Jackie is 57.4kg, Alex is 64.6 kg and baby Milly is 7,400 g
836.76 x 78 =
9Four people share a lottery win of £54,800.00. How much does each get?
10Put these lengths into descending order;8.5m, 802cm, 80,000mm.

Please see answers below:

QuestionAnswer
1In total Mark has 25 shirts, 15 of which are blue. What percent of Mark’s shirts are NOT blue?40%
2
9   +   13   =
2
Give answer as a fraction
3June has three 1L and one 2L bottles of orange juice, she pours out 22 cups of 200 ml each. How many milliliters of orange juice will be left when all 22 cups have been filled?600
4Calculate 875.60 – 484.10391.50
5
1   +   1   =
7       2
Give answer as a fraction

9
14
6Convert 9700 grams into kilograms.9.7 kgs
7Calculate the TOTAL weight in Kilograms of the following three people, Jackie is 57.4kg, Alex is 64.6 kg and baby Milly is 7,400 g129.4 kg
836.76 x 78 =2,867.28
9Four people share a lottery win of £54,800.00. How much does each get?13,700
10Put these lengths into descending order;8.5m, 802cm, 80,000mm.80,000mm, 8.5m, 802cm

Please note this is an interview task and does not substitute the entry requirements for GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics.

The tests are an opportunity for you to demonstrate that you are capable of processing information at a basic level.