Not sure where this topic goes, since I'm new this website, but here goes:
I'm trying to get in University of North Florida's nursing school
. I've completed all the required course prereqs to go into the program, and taken the TEAS test. I have one more hurdle to go before I'm accepted: THE INTERVIEW!!!!! I'm preparing for what could probably be the most important interview of my life. I'm currently preparing for that interview, by going through this website, and asking people that went through this process how it was like. What has me concerned is a most probable(if not the most important) question in the whole interview process: why do you want to become a nurse? I have an answer to this question, but I'm afraid it might cost me this coveted spot in the nursing program if I answer honestly. Before I get to my answer, a little about myself.
I have a bachelors in business administration from Stetson University, graduating in 2006. I specialized in creating websites, and managing databases. Basically, I wanted to go into the computer tech field. After graduation, I began looking for a job. I sent my resume to a ton of places, and did many interviews. Unfortunately, my lack of actual skills was my downfall(this was before the recession). No one wanted to give me a chance. Luckily, I was working at a retail store, the same store that I worked at while I was not at college(summer and winter breaks). They were pretty cool with me working there and looking for another(better job) at the same time. I've been working there ever since I graduated from Stetson, which brings us to today.
As many of you should already know, we're in a recession. Jobs are drying up, going away, and more people are out of work. This has caused people to switch careers. I'm one of them. I want to go from the retail/computer career into a nurse. It's "relatively" secure job, compared to some other careers. During these bad economic times, job security is in everybody's minds.
If I was at the interview and was asked the question "why do you want to become a nurse?", my honest answer would be something like this:
"Well, I want to become a nurse b/c I want to be in a secure field that will last a long time, SECURE, and will offer great benefits and rewards as time passes by. I tried going into other fields that I thought would benefit me the most, like the computer industry. My current job at my retail store isn't doing so well right now, with people spending their money on more important things. And with the current economic recession, I had to rethink my career."
Or something like that. This is my honest, truthful answer with no BS attached. This is also the answer I feel will make me loose the nursing spot at UNF. I feel that if I give this answer, I'll be calling a nursing a "last ditch" career that everyone goes through if they fail at life. I'd be insulting nurses, calling them the "easy way out." Basically, I feel that I'd be giving nursing a bad name with my answer. I know for a fact that nursing is a great career. I've met a lot of them that enjoy their career, who wake up in the morning ready for whats to come. Sure, there are those bad days(who doesn't have one of those?), but that doesn't stop them from quiting their job.
So this is my dilemma, what type of answer should I give to the question: why do you want to become a nurse? Should I give my truthful, honest answer? Or a more refined answer that will guarantee me spot in the nursing? I apologise for giving a lengthful passage, but this question has been bugging me, and I can't seem to answer it. Thanks for reading, and hope to hear from you.
PS: If anyone is going to UNF's nursing interview May 21st, 2009, let me know. Thats when my interview will be held
May 2, '09
Quote from JohnUNF
So this is my dilemma, what type of answer should I give to the question: why do you want to become a nurse?
My honest answer for you? I think you need to find out an answer to this question for yourself before you enroll in a nursing program. Not only will your "honest answer" here not get you the spot, but I think it would be doing a disservice to yourself, as well. From what you wrote, it seems that the only reason you want to go into nursing is for the job security. However, while it's true that healthcare is generally one of the more stable fields employment-wise, if you take a look around the site, you'll find that new graduates are having an incredibly tough time finding work right now, so you may not end up in much better a position than you're currently in.
Also -- do you have any firsthand experience at all with any area of healthcare? The fact that you've met nurses who enjoy their jobs is a rather flimsy argument for getting into it yourself. I've met accountants who enjoy their jobs, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't hate it, personally. Nursing is a job that normally demands long hours, extensive knowledge and critical thinking ability, considerable interpersonal skills, and an acceptance of the fact that you are in a field that is developing at an incredible rate, meaning a commitment to constant learning throughout your career. And that's all after
you get through nursing school
, which is in some ways even more daunting than the actual job.
Given that, I can't in good conscience tell you whether you should give the interviewer your honest answer or, basically, lie to him/her. Until you can explain why you want to be a nurse, as opposed to just why you want to have a stable well-paying job, my opinion is that that coveted nursing spot more rightfully belongs to someone who actually wants it.
Last edit by Coffee Nurse on May 2, '09
May 2, '09
if I wanted selfless love from someone, I'd go to my dog. if I want medical care I'll go to a competent professional, and as long as they aren't totally rude I don't really care if they're self-serving or saintly. as a patient I just want any medical professional to do their job well. if you're sticking needles in me I'm thinking a lot more about your skill level and how much I can trust you than how big your heart is.
wanting a stable career is not a sin, it's common sense, and while I'm just a student, I'd imagine common sense is just as important in nursing as compassion.
that said, I don't think admitting you're just looking for a stable career would hurt you. I wouldn't hold that against you if I was interviewing you. however, if I thought you were lying to me? that I would hold against you. honesty and trustworthiness have got to be pretty high up there on the list of vital nursing character traits.
just be honest, be yourself, and I'm sure you'll do fine. they're probably looking more for good students (at our orientation they told us flat out half of every starting class doesn't graduate, and that's the national average) than for bleeding hearts. there are some very sweet and loving people I know who I would not let within 10 feet of me with a needle. nobody cares if their surgeon or dentist is moved with compassion - they just better have steady hands and lots and lots of training.
a lot of us got into nursing because we enjoy helping others. personally, I'd want to know how to take care of people even if I couldn't get paid for it. that's just how I'm wired - but if that's not your motivation it doesn't make you wrong or mean you'll be any less of a nurse.
good luck =)
Last edit by feralnostalgia on May 2, '09