Interview Question: Why Did You Choose Nursing as a Career?
When preparing to interview for a nursing position, it’s helpful to review questions you might be asked. One of the things that interviewers often ask nursing candidates is "What made you choose nursing as a career?" What the interviewer is trying to learn is not only the personal reasons you may have for becoming a nurse but also what characteristics and skills you have that make you good at what you do.
You will likely be asked questions relating specifically to nursing, as well as a certain number of general interview questions, so you should prepare some ideas about how you would like to answer them.
How to Answer Questions About Deciding to Become a Nurse
Because there are so many factors that go into choosing a career, you can answer this question in a variety of ways. When preparing an answer, try to include the reasons the work interests you as well as what strengths you possess that make you an excellent nurse, and the best candidate for the job.
Don’t try to memorize an answer, but jot down a few ideas and talking points that relate to your own experiences and strengths. Reviewing sample answers can help you to formulate your own thoughts, and give you ideas of what to include to impress the interviewer.
Examples of the Best Answers
I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people's lives on a daily basis. In the nursing profession, you deal with many aspects of patient care, and I enjoy the variety in the routine.
Dealing with patients and their families, and helping them through what is often a difficult time for them is extremely satisfying for me.
My mother is a nurse, and seeing the satisfaction she feels every day by helping people in her job inspired my own interest in the field. I knew from the time that I was very young that nursing was something I wanted to do with my life.
Through college and nursing school, my interest and commitment to the field became even more strong as I found that I also had an aptitude for the work. I believe my ability to communicate with people and to explain things clearly in both a technical and non-technical way is one of the things that makes me a good nurse.
I believe that nursing is one of the most interesting and growing careers available today, and I enjoy the difference I can make in my patient's hospital experience. As a nurse, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of medical settings, and have enjoyed the experience of learning the routines in each type of facility. It gives me great satisfaction to invest my time in an industry that is expanding and enriching patients lives every day.
I chose nursing as a career because I love learning new things. As a nurse, I am always challenging myself to keep current on medical trends and training so that I can provide the best care to my patients. Every day as a nurse, I learn something new from my colleagues and patients, which inspires me to explore deeper knowledge of the techniques and procedures I use.
Nursing is such a broad field that I knew I could find a niche that would allow me to utilize my interest in science and the natural world as well as my desire to help people in need.
As a nurse, I have had the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures, which has strengthened my ability to multi-task and offer the best care to my patients.
When I decided to become a nurse, I really didn’t understand the many facets of a nursing career. I just knew that I loved science, and I wanted to help people. Once I did some research, and realized how many types of nursing opportunities exist, I was absolutely certain this was the field for me.
Getting a job as a nurse is more than just answering interview questions. You’ll need to dress appropriately, and do enough research for your interview to appear confident and prepared. It’s a good idea to look carefully at the job posting, and the hospital website to get a feel for what they are specifically looking for in the person who fills the open position, as well as the general culture of the hospital.
Reviewing tips for getting a medical job will help you know what to expect, and how to present yourself as the winning candidate.
Remember to follow up after your interview with a thank you note as soon as possible, to reinforce your interest in the position and clarify anything that may have been left in doubt.
Why do you want to be a nurse?
by Brian, ADN
(Updated: Feb 9, '17) Views: 357,467 Comments: 37
- 9 If you are one of those people who replies with, "I want to help people.", you are in trouble. You need to come up with a better answer. Tell us why you want to be a nurse? If you can convince us you can convince anyone.
Take this opportunity to practice ... to fine-tune your answer ... don't be afraid as we are all learning.
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- I want to be a nurse because I am fascinated by the science aspect of it. I love the medical field and learning about it. I have been researching stuff all my life. That's why I am going into nursing.
- Nov 6, '13 by notnursezeldaI think as challenging as the nursing career is, the only people who really push themselves into this field is if they really care about that patient interaction. That's why I want to be a nurse.
- I just feel that my own skill set will help in nursing. I love my patients, and I love what I learn. I wish I would've been introduced to this 10 years ago when I was in college (on a scholarship, no less) and majored in English. This is what I wanted all along.
- 17 days until graduation!!!
My first ideals of becoming a nurse mainly had to do with self-interests. I have a 6 year old boy who relies on me, and a beautiful fiancee who works her ass off supporting me (she's a manager at McDonalds), and I want to give them both a better life!
However! Through out my 3 years at school, I've learned some things about myself. I've learned that money, while necessary, certainly isn't everything! I acquired a deep satisfaction when I started really getting into my clinicals. Teaching patients, they looked up to me as a source of knowledge, or a master of my craft (even though I was a mere student!) and that felt amazing. Sitting around and talking to my patients, i.e. one patient I had was post-op (inguinal hernia repair... which I got to see! Super cool...), well, I just sat around and talked to him (after my morning care). We talked about chess, music, poetry, and you could just tell that he was exhilarated that I was just sitting with him, and talking to him (he came from a nursing home), and I was enjoying myself! Self-less rewards, and what-not.
It's just so amazing, effecting people's lives in ways that one could never imagine. The tears I've shed watching a family suffer the pain of loss (I spent 40 minutes doing chest compressions on a patient to no avail ). The laughs I've shared with patients, fellow students, and staff. Coming home feeling like today I was blessed to be alive and healthy, and I went through my day feeling satisfied because I knew that I made a difference, however large or small.
It will not be easy, I have no legitimate experience (I'm not an R.N. yet!), but I know that this what I am here to do. Why do I want to be a nurse? Because I can't see myself doing anything else. Look out world, this (soon to be) R.N. is coming, to a hospital near you!
- I want to be a nurse because it's awesome! In what other career can you have such an impact on people every day?! It suits my weirdly effervescent personality - I love interacting with patients and families, especially in relation to teaching and helping them help themselves. I also find the science aspect of it very interesting, but love that nursing specifically focuses on the strengths of the client, not just the nature of the medical problem they have. Plus, there's little possibility of becoming bored in this field; if you get sick of something or get burnt out, chances are that there is some fresh area that will re-invigorate you!
- Nov 6, '13 by arkiebarbieI love helping people and have been in some type of customer service field for the past 23 years. When I was 39 I had to have a cholecystectomy. I woke up to having the recovery room nurse very rudely yelling while walking around my bed. Cough, breathe deep, cough...I asked her what happened or why I had to have the surgery. I was told I had the three F's. Female, fat, and forty. I thought how rude I am not 40, I am 39. LOL. So I thought if this rude witch can be a nurse, so can I. At least I would be way nicer.
- Last edit by Chin05 on Nov 6, '13 : Reason: Spell1.Prevention.... I don't believe in popping pills and getting cut open for every single thing. What are changes that you can suggest or do for a patient that will not only better them but myself as well.
2.I think nurses are the face and voice of patients, I'm use to being the under dog and having to stand up for not only myself but for others, I accept any challenge with open arms.
3. My BFF has sickle cell. Spent most of my college years making sure she was getting the best care when we had to wait for her family to get into town.
- You're right, I don't think "just wanting to help people" or wearing scrubs is enough for someone to be a nurse. There is actually a girl I know who is going into nursing school and this is exactly what she told me...she does not seem like the type to be a nurse because of her sarcastic personality, but at the same time, I shouldn't judge. Maybe, and I hope, she'll turn out to be a fantastic nurse.
I want to be a nurse primarily because I am interested in the health sciences. Being so knowledgeable about the human body and treating bodily ailments fascinates me so much. Of course I want to help people as well, but the technical aspects of being a nurse has always awed me. Whenever I go into a hospital I always have such a reverence and awe for them because of what they do. I thought that ever since I was little, and it's always been a dream of mine to be "just like them."
I plan to be start my nursing journey after I graduate my senior year! Wish me luck, everyone!
- I love this thread. @Levitas your response brought tears to my eyes. I'm right there with ya!
- I just wanted a job where I could work half the amount of hours I used to work full time and make the same amount of money. I also liked the aspect that you could do agency, travel, and home care, where you set your hours and take the jobs you want.
- I want to be a nurse because I love working hard to make a difference and what better way to do it than to help people who truly need it. When your hard work is paying off in such a rewarding way, it is the most amazing, self-less experience you will ever get, even if it is something so small that makes your patients smile after going through something so difficult. So yes, I guess you could say I became a nurse because I love to help people, but it is so much more than that.
I also am completely intrigued by the human body and the disease process that is goes through. So why not put both together and work as a nurse! Truly the best career in the world, (of course there are ups and downs like every career) and I have only just started working!
- I wanted to be able to travel around the country and have each day of work be different from the last.