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From the Back Cover
- Choose a course that′s right for you
- Get the qualifications and experience you need
- Write a winning personal statement
- Pass assessment tests
- Interview well
Get the competitive edge you need!
The need for nurses is always great, but so is the competition for getting accepted onto a nursing programme. Whether you′re just leaving school or a mature or returning student, if you′re considering a career in nursing, this book can provide a head start. From researching schools, attending open days and filling out your UCAS application to sitting for interviews and other selection day assessments, this book provides the answers to all your questions, along with expert advice and guidance at each step of the way.
- Explore a career in nursing learn about the fields you can specialise in (adult, child, learning disabilities, and mental health nursing) and decide if nursing is the best career path for you
- Find out what you need to succeed discover the academic qualifications and types of experience admissions tutors look for (and how to improve yours)
- Research your options put together a plan for finding the right university and nursing programme for you, including making the most of open days
- Put together a winning application tick the right boxes with UCAS, get expert advice on creating a winning personal statement, and identify solid references
- Stand out on selection day get the lowdown on how to prepare for the interview (including the kinds of questions you′ll be asked and how to answer them) and other assessments, like numeracy and literacy tests
Open the book and find:
- How to research programmes and find the best fit for you
- Ways to improve your qualifications and gain care experience
- Expert advice on your application
- Insider tips on how to present yourself as an ideal candidate
- A plan for preparing for your interview
- Considerations for mature and non–traditional candidates
- Common pitfalls to avoid
About the Author
Andrew Evered, RN, MSc (Econ), PGCE is a Lead Admissions Tutor and Senior Lecturer for Adult Nursing at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, and he has extensive experience working with both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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If you are reading this review then it is likely that you are hopeful Nurse Applicant and want to know whether this book will help you in your application process. The short answer is, yes it will, but let us look a little deeper.
The ideal reviewers of this text would be students who had used it in the process of applying for Nursing courses at Universities and, regardless of outcome, could feedback on how helpful or otherwise it was. In their immediate absence, however, I will do my best.
I should share with you a little about myself so that you can have some faith in my ability to review this book. I am qualified as an RN, RSCN (Child Nurse) and RNT(Nurse Tutor) and have a degree in Nurse Education. I worked as a clinical Nurse for many years and then taught as a Nurse Tutor for over ten years at The University of Manchester. Eleven years ago I became very unwell with a life shortening disease and mental health problems and so retired on grounds of ill health. I now am a "service user" (mentioned briefly on pages 189 and 194 in this book) with input to curriculum design, interview and selection of candidates and some teaching, for this University. I only have input related to my service use, so being a Children's Nurse in the past does not mean I am involved with those courses but only with adult/mental health courses. You get the idea I am sure, I get to plan and take part in very many interviews, read lots of applications and face hopeful candidates as part of a team with University/Clinical staff and other service users. Thus my interest in reviewing this book.
So will it help you?
I confess that I have not read any other books in the "for Dummies" series but I can recognise a house style when I read it. The lay out must be simple to follow as a read through or "dip in" to individual chapters. Visual symbols compliment bullet point/tick list styles which predominate as opposed to long prose pieces and above all the tone must be friendly and almost pally. Mr Evered manages this well with a conversational and friendly style that allows him to share personal experience/insight without losing his professional stance.
The content is excellent and supports the claims of the series that these books make "everything easier" with the implication that using the book is a smart short cut or good natured cheat. Any person involved with applications would be well impressed by the person who had accessed so much information about the nature and practice of nursing from original sources but this book brings it all to you, along with sound advice on a host of relevant maters from interview technique through to money matters, on a plate.
Inevitably I have some small quibbles with odd bits but they are not that significant. The book will inevitably date. Nursing and Nurse Education evolve as all professions do and so what is a primary focus to-day may not be tomorrow and even more frequently systems change with time and costs spiral, but for now this book is a good bet.
The free online bonus material or web extras( which the book gives the address to) seemed a bit sparse and not that much "extra", much of it being summary pieces from the book. In theory I suppose the author could add to this material as things do change so that it continually updates the book. The potential is there and it is perhaps unfair to judge it too harshly given that the book has only just been published.
I wish you all the best with your applications and I think this book will help.
Starts with the history of nursing (briefly) and then covers academic requirements, people skills, gaining relevant experience to develop yourself, how to complete your UCAS application to put yourself in the best light and attending open days and interviews for places. He also covers extensively fee requirements and other financial aspects to consider together with an overview of what help is available. In this day and age, cost of university study has to be a biggie and a lot of people may be missing out because of lack of funds. He covers all possible avenues of financial assistance which some people may not ordinarily know about. There is also a section on forums available which are probably very good for meeting real-life people facing the same choices.
It is not just focused on the academic side of the potential student though. It also discusses what is required of a person to be a good nurse and what problems you may encounter. I don't really have a choice in University as I have children in school and cannot relocate so I will have to apply to my local Uni but the author covers every aspect of choosing the right Uni, course and location to study and live; how to find the right accommodation and what to expect.
This book is relatively small with only 250 pages of information but it has everything a potential nursing student needs to know and references to further information sources. I had already done the financial research aspects and chosen my course and student life will be different for me than for most but I am so glad that I found this BEFORE I applied to UCAS so that I could use the information provided to ensure that my application form gives me the best possible chances of getting a place.
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