I have been searching for the best way to answer the dreaded question...
"Why do you want to be a nurse?"
I've searched discussion boards, scrolled through threads, and read opinion articles. My reasons need to be jazzed up a bit and I made a list of the personal and practical reasons why, and I would appreciate your feedback. Since I may be called for an interview in the next month or so, I would also appreciate any advice you'd care to share with me.
Would it be appropriate to start with "At first it seemed doable"? That is how it started, after all. It seemed doable, talking to nurses has convinced me of that. I would then continue by saying that studying for the TEAS test made me realize that Anatomy and Physiology is actually very interesting. These are truths, I have no intention of saying something clichÃ© like "I love helping people". However, I would mention that being a wife and mother has taught me that I do indeed enjoy caring for people, although this alone is not a primary reason to pursue nursing.
As someone with a retail background who was easily bored, I am drawn to the opportunities for growth and development that nursing provides. The ability to change a specialty and continue education make it appealing to someone like me who might need a change. On a personal note, I like that nursing is a skill set that can be used outside of the job. I can better care for my family. Would it even be worth mentioning that I am returning to school to show my daughters that there's more to life than being a wife and mother? I honestly do want to prove to my daughters that you can improve yourself at any time, but I don't know if this is appropriate in an interview.
Thoughts, opinions, and advice welcome.