When someone asks "Why do you want to go into nursing?"

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have a job interview for a Nursing Aide position tomorrow morning. It is with a local nursing home and they offer CNA training which is what I am applying for.

    I am quite sure that during the course of the interview the interviewer will ask "So, why do you want to go into nursing?" and I am very concerned about how to respond.

    I mean, the reason I want to go into nursing is because I am very interested in science and medicine and I enjoy working with and interacting with people ie. fellow staff and with patients. I also enjoy work that involves a physical aspect to it ie. moving around (don't like being trapped behind a desk an entire day). I would also enjoy working in a capacity where I work directly with people and have a role / impact in their overall care. I'm not out to change the entire world but I am happiest when I am of service and help to others even if it is something small like letting someone infront of me at the grocery store.

    Is the above a good response to this question? I am worried about what the interviewer will think about my answer (kind of like am I deemed worthy of the nursing profession). It is hard to answer the question because I have not worked in the medical field and can only go by my expectations of what I think it would be like.

    What do you think?
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  3. by   slinkeecat
    This is a very good response.... don't forget to wave a picture of florence Nightengale in one hand and a flag in the other....just kidding!!!!! Be honest and sincere in whatever you say and smile!!!!!
  4. by   darby1
    Right On Sister! That's a very good answer. I believe you've got your heart right, and the words should come out fine. I get a little disturbed when people say to me," Man, you'll be making some good money if you become a nurse".That's not the reason that I started my journey. I actually started my nursing adventure as a CNA, but I took training at a local college. That way I was certified by the state, and could go anywhere to work. If a certain facility trains you, most of the time you won't be certified to work anywhere but at their facilities. They're not doing you much of a favor by training you. They just need help, and they will work your butt off! I never worked as a CNA, but I did have 40 hours of clinical at a skilled care facility. This was enough to convince me to go on and take some more schooling to get into nursing school. The CNA's are terribly overworked, and are not allowed ample time to serve each resident well. I've watch these girls rush the residents while they where eating, and even take their plates. I didn't like that crap, and one day I'll probably have my own facility! Sorry to be so wordy and for getting off the subject. Don't stay at that CNA job any longer than you have to. If you can do the class work, get back in school. Just my .02 cents. Darby
  5. by   peaceful2100
    I learned in life that the right answer with questions such as those are always the one's that are in your heart. NOT the ones you think they want to hear or the ones someone else tell you. If it is not in your heart it often shows and people can tell when someone is a fake versus when someone is saying something from their heart.

    I usually say the reason why I want to go into nursing is because I am a people person. I get along well, with many different types of people from all walks of life. I am a very caring and nurturing person who likes to help people with what ever is going on. I like to see people get better. I like to help care for a person that needs the care of another individual. That is just a small taste of what I say but it all comes from my heart.

    Remember that and you will do great.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    I like your answer; it's sincere and honest. I used to tell them that I liked elderly folks and I enjoyed helping people.

    Still true, too.
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i concur. being honest is, the best way to go. all the best to you.
  8. by   GPatty
    Tell 'em just like you just told us......

    Good Luck!
  9. by   nursejws
    You mean me wanting to wear scrubs and own a stethoscope isn't a good answer?

    Seriously, I changed my major to nursing because I like helping people. At the end of the day, I like to know that I made a difference. I'm so tired right now that what is on the tip of my tongue isn't making it to my fingertips. :zzzzz