Student Nursing Board March 2011

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  1. Right guys, first things first, I regularly come on here and have done since the beginning of my application to read posts etc but never sign in, mainly because I do so off my mobile, so I'm not as much of a stranger as I may look :)

    The reason I’ve posted is because I’m hoping to sit the Nursing Board (for a Student Nurse position) down in Gosport this year after a long wait and application process, just waiting for letters of confirmation and that. I’ve wanted this for a long time and to mess things up now would really disappoint me.

    So, here’s my plea...any info that may help me would be greatly appreciated!:D and if anyone else is also doing the same let me know.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. student nursing board

    I can't offer you advice however I know that not many student nurses are taken on as the RN prefer to recruit a dozen MA's to one student nurse ( some must make it though) wishing you all the best=-)
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Erm, off the top of my head:

    Candidates will be expected to arrive at Fort Blockhouse between 1400 and 1600 on the first day and will be given a presentation followed by a pre-interview briefing, Maths and English assessment. Overnight accommodation will be provided at Fort Blockhouse.

    Successful candidates will be required to join HMS RALEIGH in May 2011 (dates tbc).
    It is recommended that candidates attend a Ratings Preparation Course (PRC) prior to starting at HMS Raleigh.


    The selection board consists of four representatives; the Board Chair, Recruitment Officer and Educational and Clinical Representative.

    You are to arrive in the afternoon on the day prior to your interview date. Please arrive between 1400 – 1600 at the latest, as you will be required to check into your accommodation.

    At 1630 you will be met by the Nurse Recruitment Assistant (NRA). He will escort you to attend a short brief and conduct your Maths and English assessments. He will outline the board format and answer any questions you may have. Upon completion he will escort you to dinner and the remainder of the evening is your own.

    All candidates are to meet the NRA in the morning for breakfast and you will then be escorted to the classrooms for the selection board to commence.

    You will be required to stand in front of the board members and other candidates and give a ten-minute presentation on a medical subject of your choice. Make sure you know your subject matter as the board members will ask questions after. Technical equipment is available on request. If using Power Point, please ensure your presentation is saved in Windows 97-2003 format. Please note – Apple PowerPoint is not compatible with our IT systems.

    Once all the presentations are heard, the interviews will commence. The person with the furthest to travel home always goes first.

    The Nurse Recruitment Officer will ask questions pertaining to the candidates’ level of service knowledge and their motivation as a potential Naval Nurse.

    The Educational Representative will look at the candidates’ academic history and understanding of the course content, style and methods of studying.

    The Clinical Representative will examine further motivations of nursing, i.e. intended expectations once qualified and areas of interest. They will discuss the candidates’ previous clinical experience and what they gained from it.

    The Board Chair will also explore the candidates’ level of service knowledge and awareness of a Naval Nurses role both in peacetime and during conflict. They may also ask further in depth questions in relation to previous answers given by the candidate.


    The following article was written by a candidate for Student Nurse Selection Board. She was the first and so far only person to achieve full marks in the selection process. The ideas below are not intended as comprehensive ‘must do’ instructions but as suggestions and ideas to assist you in your preparation. We all have different approaches and there is no specific right/wrong way to prepare.

    Preparing for the interview.
    · To begin with I collected as much information from my careers office as possible so that I could research into the role of a naval nurse and the entry requirements.
    · I then searched on the Internet so that I could find out in more detail the specific roles of the Navy, the history of the QARNNS, and what ships and weapon systems are in use today. I also revised topics such as NATO, UN and the Joint Rapid Reaction Force.

    • You will be required to know about the operational role of the Naval Nurse. This
    includes the Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRF) on RFA Argus and the Commando Forward Surgical Group (CFSG), part of 3 Commando Brigade

    · I also began to read the broadsheets and watch the news more closely so that I knew exactly what was happening at home and abroad-whether it involved the armed forces or not.

    · To gain a more extensive knowledge on what the Navy were doing, I subscribed to the Navy News and read back dated issues from the library, so that I had a greater understanding of the past and current deployments and occurrences.

    • If successful, you will undertake the BSc Nursing course at Birmingham City
    University. Information regarding the course content can be found on
    After I had formulated all of this information, I began to collate it in question form. I wrote out every question that I thought might be asked and began to sort out in my mind the direction that I wished to go in with each answer. I did not write too much of an answer down, only a few main key points for each area as I did not want my answers to appear unnatural and robotic.
    To prepare for the more personal side of the interview, I wrote down everything that I have achieved and began to think about the impact that each one has had on my life and how I have learnt from the mistakes and the successes.
    Finally, I asked family and friends to give me mock interviews so that I was more comfortable with different interviewing techniques.
    During the interview I tried to remain confident and made eye contact at all times to show that I was not intimidated by the board. I also made sure that I gave answers that I believed in and were my own opinions-not answers that I thought the board wanted me to give. I believe that it works more in your favour that you are honest and express your own views, as long as you can give reasons to support and justify them.

    Preparing for the presentation
    I chose a subject that I had a good basic knowledge of and then researched it further to makes sure that the facts that I had were correct.

    · It was fairly difficult to compose the presentation, as it was relatively short. I wanted to get a balance between showing my knowledge of the subject and also being careful not to bombard my audience with too much information as it would then have become uninteresting for them.
    After I had written my presentation, I began to practise in front of a full-length mirror. This was so that I could gain confidence and become comfortable with looking myself directly in the eye. I found this a great help as it also enabled me to pick up on my body language and gave me a chance to try and disguise any nervous fidgeting, to which I am prone to do.
    As I didn’t have much time to prepare my speech (I was only told five days prior) I also recorded it several times on to a cassette. This was so that on my way to work I could listen to it in the car so that the running order was firmly installed in my mind.

    I spent as much time as I could preparing for both the interview and the presentation. Being accepted as a Nurse was the most important thing to me as I see it as a long-term career and wish very much to be an officer in the future. I think that being so set on succeeding helped me a great deal as I was in a very positive and passionate frame of mind and was determined to achieve.

    Can't think of anything else...Good luck.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  4. What excellent advice and a great lesson in preparation for all
  5. My word, she works harder than I've ever done!
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    For my part, I can only claim credit for the first & last sentence, all the rest of the "gubbins" was written by some Nursey or other.
  7. Bloody hell, I certainly got a lot of info there lol. Thanks for that, I shall take it into account. I have a highly trained nurse in the family that will also help, and I work in a nursing home so i'm sure I will be able get a lot more of that kind of information. Very nervous but very excited at the same time. Thanks to all.
  8. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    No worries, and er lol yerself.

    Best of luck.
  9. "lol- laugh out loud"? I apologise I was flicking from facebook, bad habit I know.

  10. Hi, I'm planning on applying as a Student Nurse and so have begun researching as much info as possible to make sure I'm well prepped.
    I have a couple of questions which I'm hoping some of you may be able to answer or give some insight...

    Firstly, the info above is extremely helpful but I did notice it's a couple of years old now, is this still the most up to date account of the recruitment process for student nurses, with the Raleigh intake being just once a year in May?

    Second question is, does my original date of application affect which year I'm likely to start the training at Raleigh?
    This question is based more on personal circumstances. I currently work seasons (mainly in France) although am a permanent UK resident, so am trying to plan the most appropriate time to return to the UK and start the application process - either September or January - so that I can continue earning a living between passing all the recruitment tests and beginning training. If i were to apply in January, am I any more or less likely to start in May, or is the intake based on a first come, first served?

    Many thanks,
  11. I wonder how she did?
  12. I noticed the Raleigh intake is in May (from information found above) would I not stand a chance of getting in for it if I apply (medical reasons) next January(2016)? I was hoping for student nurse and I didn't know if my application would be too late in time for process?...


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