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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)

  • well, do you get a free watch?

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  • what are other question they asked beside "why you like to be nurse" ?????

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  • I understand everyone has gripes about their profession, what I can't understand is why You would not want to make a change? I personally do not want a Health Professional with a duty of care, supporting myself with such negativity. It's sad that the role has been consumed with so much "arse covering" paperwork that it's affecting people's roles, and taking the heart out of the job.

    What this has taught me, is when I do qualify I will keep any negativity to a bare minimum, and try and enjoy the role I have worked so hard to become.

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  • well I don't suppose the answer will be for the money!

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  • To help relieve suffering! To make poorly people's life a bit more comfortable. I can't wait to start my degree in September :) I see many very frustrated nurses around me (I'm an HCA) I don't understand why they are like that! My job is far more backbreaking and involves far more filth and challenging behaviour! Nurses seem to sit down a lot and chat a lot! Looks easy really! We, HCAs got the most difficult job, we are forced to do 1:1 for hours together with demented people, we do all the toilet stuff and personal care! We make all the beds! Clean all the crap etc... why nurses are so discontent? I do not know ... All they do is the meds round and some paper work!

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