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'So, why do you want to be a nurse?'


Possibly the most dreaded question to be asked at your university interview … how do you answer?

'So, why do you want to be a nurse?'

For me there was no moment of divine intervention, no following the footsteps of an admired parent or relative but rather a gradual realisation that nursing would be the perfect career for me.

I have been lucky enough to have had the pleasure of meeting some healthcare professionals who have inspired me and I hope to one day equal their skill, diligence and passion.

I think my main source of inspiration to become a nurse comes from an innate desire to help people and care for them in times of need. I am also a person who thrives on being challenged and I always have new goals to achieve, so nursing suits me as few other careers offer as much diversity and learning opportunities.

During my experience volunteering at a local hospice I realised that palliative care is a wonderful area to work in, definitely not sad and depressing as many seem to think!

I have many lovely memories of people I have met and worked with at the hospice. Having this experience and insight into nursing care definitely helped me get through the nerve-wracking experience of applying to university. It’s great to have lots of things to talk about at an interview and my work experience certainly gave me plenty to share and I was able to demonstrate my true passion for the profession.

“It’s great to have lots of things to talk about at an interview”

I would encourage anybody interested in nursing to get some work experience, it’s a brilliant way to find out if nursing would suit you and can be extremely rewarding and it is looked on very favourably by admissions tutors as well as being a lot of fun,  highly insightful and a great learning opportunity.

It was also very rewarding to feel that my input, no matter how small, had an effect on the lives of those I was caring for.

I am due to start my degree in adult nursing this September and I really cannot wait! I am full of beans and bursting with enthusiasm. After a year out from study I am raring to go and get stuck into the beginning of a career I know I will love.  

Ashley Needham starts her degree in adult nursing this September.


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Readers' comments (35)

  • I should complete my last sentence above by adding 'unless it is detrimental to patients or others in which case one has as obligation to intervene, but fortunately this was not often the case where I worked and where most bad deeds were words only.'

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  • @Anonymous | 30-Aug-2011 9:19 am

    if we do did i get one? or is it still owing

    I always wanted to be nusres ever since i was 3.
    I love caring for other and helping but what i do hate is all the paper(computer)work)

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  • dunno?

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  • depends why you ask really!

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  • I want to be a Nurse because it is an opportunity to spend decades of my life working shift patterns that will ruin my health, for little money, shrinking pension and no benefits or bonuses. All managed by idiots who put the patient, I heard there might be a watch?

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  • I don't want to be a nurse anymore! It's soul destroying!

    I turn up day after day, night after night or day, night, day, day, night (since the introduction of e-rostering).

    I barely get the same days off as my husband (who is also on e-rostering).

    I work hard, stay late, get no thanks and very stressed through fear of making a mistake or even saying the 'wrong' thing. I have to constantly cover myself through conscientious documentation and it is exhausting.

    Nursing now demands far more than it has any right to.

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  • I too wanted to be a nurse since an early age.I have photos of me at Christmas with a stethoscope around my neck at the age of 5, and I was always looking after my dolls and pretending to give them pills to make them better. I feel I am the type of nurse who really did feel drawn to the profession. However though I still love the job and enjoy my time at work, I feel constantly stressed trying to cover myself all the time with documentation etc. We have a sign up that says "If it's not documented it wasn't done." I spend my breaks writing my report so I don't forget anything and I worry about little things like did I sign for that drug etc. Also if a patient so much as touches their chest I am there with the ECG machine incase it turns out to be something serious and I failed to act on it. I could not go off duty and relax if I didn't. I know I am not the only nurse who is like this. I am not for one minute saying the job dosen't call for total devotion while you are on duty but would just wish our efforts were appreciated instead of demoralizing us with paycuts etc.

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  • Paperwork the bane of my life

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  • don't anymore thanks to all the negative press and comments by the general public and bigotedness of the patient group over the tabards. someone else can look after them.

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  • I didn't. In fact vowed the opposite. However found myself some 15 years later realising it is in my bones. So my answer would be something like...because I have no choice?

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