There aren’t loads of expensive things you need to get to do well during nursing school. I’ve listed the basic essentials I used to get through comfortably, and where I felt I needed to spend s little more on. I wouldn’t recommend getting a stethoscope, we hardly used it and every ward has them. We only used electronic blood pressure machines during simulations and on the wards.
• Pencil case + pens
• Notebooks/paper: whichever works for you
• Computer/Laptop: or access to one to do your work
• Planner: organised life is the way forward
• Lunch boxes: bear the fresher 15 and meal prep
• Books: you can use the library for most essay specific books, but in general, I’d say I used my A&P book all the time and still do now, and my children’s nursing book. I bought those 2 and use them to this day, 3 years post qualified.
• Bag: it’s gonna be heavy, make it a good quality and comfy. I love a good cute rucksack.
• Water bottle
• Notebook: to jot things down quickly when you hear it or to remind yourself to research later
• Water Bottle: I use a 1 litre camelbak one, I love it!
• Pens: black and those 4 coloured ones
• Fob watch
• Pen torch
• Comfy shoes
I’m going to do a bit of an interview series over here. I’ve been through a few nursing school interviews, newly qualified interviews and as an experienced nurse, so I’ve got a little experience. I’ve never been confident with interviews, but who is? They’re nerve wracking and scary but something we all have to do. Im going to chat through the nursing school interviews I did, some of questions they asked me and top tips to help!
My nursing/university journey is a little bit different to the majority out there because I did a 3 year undergraduate degree and then completed a post graduate diploma in children’s nursing, a 2 year, fast tracked, masters level course.
I had interviews at 3 universities in London, and got offered places at 2 of them. At each of them we had to do a Maths and English test, nothing crazy hard, just to make sure we had legible writing probably.
We also had group sessions in front of a panel. The group I was in had to create a Christmas party for a children’s ward, the key is just to talk. I’m pretty shy, especially in things like these but I just found some adrenaline and knew if I wanted to get in, I had to just say anything useful. And realistically, everyone is feeling exactly the same! Make sure to listen to the others in the group, (key to being nurse too), don’t talk over each other, always act professional and mature, and work as a team. These are all keys things the interviewers are looking for!
The came the individual interviews, these are as many questions I can remember being asked...
Some top tips to remember on the day;
Good luck!! 💕💕