UBC Nursing - Sep. 2012 - page 15

Hello Everyone! I am considering applying to UBC Nursing for the September 2012 intake... but I'm not quite sure if I'm eligible to apply... My primary concern is my post-secondary credits...... Read More

  1. by   purplepower03
    Thank you pastaenthusiast and crow_flies so much for your advice. I also have other experiences, I've been heavy on volunteering so I'm hoping that will be fine. If I do find a club that I have time for and happen to like then I will definetly take it into considereation.

    Thanks again and good luck with your applications
  2. by   erob
    [font=times][font=times]hi everyone!

    i am a current ubc nursing student here to hopefully answer any questions you may have. i'm sorry i didn't look at this thread until now. good luck to everyone in their interviews this week! some of the people you meet this week will be your student colleagues, professors, tas and friends in just a few months!

    i believe they interviewed 200 students last year for 120 spaces in the program. acceptance letters went out about 2 weeks after the interviews. my interview was april 13th, i got my an email about my wait listed spot on the 28th and my official acceptance on may 25th. i was number 4 on the wait list (they do tell you) and they send out acceptance letters as soon as people turn down their places. if you end up on the wait list don't give up hope, they do move through it. as a male you are on the same playing field as your female counterparts, i suppose if it came down to two equal applicants they would accept the male to try and balance the gender ratios.

    i agree with what bc1234 said. it's important to remain supportive and kind with one another. throughout nursing (in school and in your career) you will rely on your colleagues for support, best to start out you nursing career with this in mind. in fact i think it's fare to say you won't be a very good nurse if you think you can go at it all on your own.

    send any questions my way and i'll try and help you out. i will also make an effort to keep an eye on the thread over the next few weeks.

    happy interviewing!
  3. by   pastaenthusiast
    Thank you Erob! Any general tips for those of us who are going to be interviewing in the next couple of days?
  4. by   erob

    So I've gotten a few questions about the interview and though I can't give you any details about the questions I can give a few prep tips.

    Try to familiarize yourself with the MMI interview process. That said, I remember reading somethings last year about MMI interviews in which you really have to role play (sometimes with hired actors), this is not the case for the UBC interviews. Your interviewers are profs and grad students, and they're really nice.

    To prepare for the interview I would mostly say have a good idea why you want to become a nurse, what you think are important qualities for a nurse to have. If you have any personal experiences that back up those qualities try to work them into your interview answers. All of the questions are posed as scenarios, you are not supposed to demonstrate nursing knowledge but you should be able to show that you are a good critical thinker and are able to formulate well thought out answers. If you have a chance to familiarize yourself with the nursing code of ethics it might be helpful (I didn't do that, so don't stress if you don't have time).

    Most importantly stay calm and try to enjoy yourself a little.

    Good luck!
  5. by   empathetic gal
    Hey everyone! Hope all is well with final exams! Almost there guys! Summer is right around the corner!

    I had my interview on the 16th and have to say it was a wonderful process, I really like the MMI system after being exposed to it for the first time.

    For those who were wondering about the numbers, the woman who was directing my interview group said they had 438 applications this year, offered 192 interviews, and will take 120 from that 192.

    All the best to everyone! Hopefully I get to be classmates with some of you!
  6. by   pastaenthusiast
    Thank you, erob, for your response!
    I had my interview yesterday and agree with empathetic gal- it ran smoothly and wasn't unreasonable in any way.

    Apparently we should (theoretically) hear from them in 2-3 weeks.
  7. by   ess_bee
    Quote from pastaenthusiast

    Apparently we should (theoretically) hear from them in 2-3 weeks.
    Which feels VERY long (but I know it's not).
  8. by   hopingfor2012
    How did you all feel about the interview?

    We're done! Now we wait again...

    Fingers crossed.
  9. by   katniss
    Are we all done with the interviews now?

    Do you feel confident you will get in?
  10. by   teeheeuhoh
    I thought it was a lot of fun. Definitely entertained me for 2 hours.
  11. by   empathetic gal
    Definitely agree with teeheeuhoh! It was really a lot of fun. The process was intense but incredibly exciting! The interviewers also did such a wonderful job of making us feel welcome and calm.

    I remember as soon as I walked into one of my stations, the interviewer immediately said "Relax, smile, breathe. We are just having a conversation, just a conversation..." So sweet of her!
    I wasn't nervous at all, but I'm sure her saying this to those who were quite scared really helped them get through.

    It was really a pleasure going through the process. No matter what the outcome of my admission is, I have to say that I am honestly very glad I had the chance to take the interview because it was such a great experience!

    Now the waiting..haha...I'll be overseas when I find out about my admission status. Hopefully the travelling will distract me from my anticipation haha
  12. by   hopingfor2012
    I'm glad to hear that you guys had a great experience and that some of you felt it was even fun!

    To be honest with you guys, I'm not sure that I felt the same way. I answered the questions to the best of my abilities, but I can be unusually hard on myself. Post-interview, I have been second guessing my answers and wonderng if I could have said something differently or better. I know that I answered certain questions to my greater satisfaction than others.

    I'm very sensitive to the personalities of the people that I talk to, and it was weird walking into one room and receiving a completely different energy than another. I guess that's the whole reason why they make the process "mixed" - to enhance the inter-rater reliability (as they said).

    I found some interviewers even nodded their heads at my answers in support, while others remained completely silent, and I found that really really awkward. It made me question myself at points.

    In any case, nothing can be done now. Best of luck all!

    Now I have to finish studying for my exam!
  13. by   empathetic gal
    For sure I completely understand what you mean hopingfor2012. Picking up the vibe from an interviewer can really affect your performance.

    For example in my last station, the interviewer was much more stern, serious and quiet compared to the other interviewers I had, so I felt a slight shift in gears I suppose. This station was the only one where I felt a bit flustered. And it wasn't even because I thought the question was difficult to answer. It was because the interview atmosphere was so different from the others! Haha! But in the end she just told me "good job, don't worry there were no right or wrong answers" - which was really nice of her.

    It's a good thing that they have many different interviewers, as you said, because this reduces bias and at the end of the day, provides the school with more competent students.

    It was very interesting to see how the interviewers reacted to responses for sure. In a lot of my stations, the interviewers gave me encouraging word such as "wow you hit the nail right on the head" or "you seem really prepared"...I was at first quite shocked because I thought they weren't supposed to acknowledge your progress during the interview, but I guess sometimes things just slip. Especially when they have to listen to 40 different responses to the same question in one day.

    Don't be too hard on yourself hopingfor2012. As they say "hindsight is always 20/20!" You did the best you could!

    Good luck on finals everyone! For those of you who are done...
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