Interview Question: Why Did You Choose Nursing as a Career?

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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.