I need a opinions from those of you who are nurses and nurse aides. What do you look for in a great Nurse aide. What are your expectations and how long should one take to learn the skills and be quick? I went to 3 interviews and passed them all. After that, I had a 4th interview and the hiring nurse stated that I had jumped all the hoops but, she didn't think I was physically able to handle the job. Her answer was that I had been at a desk job for 5 years. Alot of the nurse aides at the hospital are young girls. So, is it my age or lack of experience. I was applying for a job in a hospital for Med-Surg/Renal. I was really crushed. I asked her what was her recommendation on me getting experience. She stated that I could be in a on call basis on the weekends to get my feet wet but, that all positions are different. She stated that med-surg is a monster and that she did not want to me to fail. She said I was so successful in another department. She stated that if I should fail, I may not have another job and that she would hate to see the hospital lose an employee. Needless to say, I have another interview tommorrow in Oncology. So I would like some great advice and any suggestions.