Interview Question: Why Do You Find Nursing Rewarding?

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Congratulations! Your cover letter and resume got you noticed, and you are ready to prepare for your interview for your dream nursing job.

Reviewing questions and answers will help you feel more confident and prepared to give your best responses to the hiring manager. Your answers should contain examples from your own experiences that you can share, which highlight your qualifications for the position.

How to Answer "Why Do You Find Nursing Rewarding?"

Here are some sample answers to the nurse interview question "What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?"

  • The most rewarding thing for me as a nurse is seeing the joy when a family first holds their baby. The first volunteer job I had, back in high school, was helping in the maternity ward at the hospital in my hometown. The very first time I saw a new mother with her baby, I knew that I wanted to go into nursing to share this special time with families. Over my years as a maternity nurse, I have seen many heartbreaking times as well, and being able to help those families cope with loss has been very difficult, but also rewarding.
  • As an Emergency Room nurse, one of the primary jobs that I have, following helping the on-call doctor to treat patients, is interacting with the patients and their families. Often, the families need to wait for a diagnosis, and they look to the nurse for explanations and messages from the doctor. I find it very rewarding to be able to help the patients as well as their families to be calm and well prepared for when the doctor can speak with them.
  • I find helping patients through recovery after surgery, which is often one of their greatest challenges, to be most rewarding. Many times, no matter how well educated the patient is, and how well prepared they are for what to expect during recovery, the reality of their post-surgical rehabilitation is overwhelming. I once worked with a patient after knee surgery who had some complications, which resulted in the need for an extended hospital stay, and much more physical therapy than she had been prepared for. I was concerned about her mental state and recommended that she speak with our social worker. After she had been released, she sent me a very nice note, thanking me for putting her in touch with the social worker, and letting me know that it had a positive impact on her recovery.
  • I love working with children, and the most rewarding part of being a pediatric nurse is watching how they process their illnesses and injuries, and how willing they are to take charge of their recovery. I remember one young patient who had been given a difficult diagnosis, and she had a lot of questions about her treatment. Her fantastic attitude, and the support of her parents, I’m sure contributed to her remission. I learned so much from that little girl, and I believe that I have been able to help other children better for having known her.

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