3 Ways to Answer the “Why Do You Want to be a Nurse?” Question

3 Ways to Answer the “Why Do You Want to be a Nurse?” Question

3 Ways to Answer the “Why Do You Want to be a Nurse?” Question

Getting into a nursing school or applying as a new nurse will always have an interview date. During this interview, you will be asked several questions that you must answer truthfully and in the best way possible.

One of these questions includes, “Why do you want to be a nurse?” Don’t be nervous. Preparing yourself for this question is the key to acing your interview. In this post, we will give you helpful tips on answering your interviewer with this question in total confidence.

 

Get Ready to Be a Nurse

When asked, “Why do you want to be a nurse?” gather your thoughts first. Take your time answering. You can take several steps to plan your answer during the interview.

Writing your answers is helpful; you should avoid memorizing them. It may sound nice in your head, but it won’t sound as genuine to the one interviewing you. Here’s how you can prepare for your interview. 

 

1. Be Genuine 

There’s no need to embellish your answer or create a response so you sound good to the interviewer. You only need to take some time to reflect on your core values. Think of the reasons why you felt inspired or motivated to pursue a career in the nursing field.

If you’re unsure how to answer it directly, think about this – what’s with nursing that makes you excited or happy? What made you interested in being a nurse? And what do you hope to achieve once you become a nurse? 

If you can answer all these questions, you can also answer the question, “Why do you want to be a nurse?”

 

2. Have a personal anecdote

Sometimes, sharing your personal story about why you want to be a nurse shows your employers a glimpse of your values. Bringing anecdotes into your interview sets you apart from other candidates.

One good example is that you may pursue a nursing career because one of your family members is a successful nurse and inspired you to be one too.

It could also be because one of your family members experienced a health problem that pushed you to become a nurse. Whatever reasons you have for pursuing this career, the question allows you to relate and articulate the different factors of your life.

Besides, sharing a personal story is always memorable. Why not share yours? 

 

3. Get inspiration from your experience

Use your background and interests to draw your answers. For example, let’s say you’ve been helping children, volunteering in a senior home, or feeding the homeless.

If you’ve worked with these people, you can share your experience and how it has impacted your life. Including your experience in your answer will add value to the interviewer. It’s excellent input to add too. 

Once you’ve answered the question, close your answer with a nod to the future and what you’d like to accomplish in your nursing career. Bringing your answer from the past and into the future shows that you’re thinking ahead and have the determination to make your dreams a reality. 

 

In Closing

Nursing is an exciting profession, but it’s not always going to be rainbows and butterflies. It involves your skills and knowledge and may require your physical strength. So, you must be sure that you are ready for this job.

Answering the question, “Why do you want to be a nurse?” is your first step. If you can answer it honestly, you’re one step away from a bright future! 

 

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8 Mistakes That Rookie Travel Nurses Make While on the Job

8 Mistakes That Rookie Travel Nurses Make While on the Job

8 Mistakes That Rookie Travel Nurses Make While on the Job

Working as a travel nurse is one of the best decisions you will ever make in your nursing career. Of course, just like any other newbies, you can’t wait till you are assigned to a different location.

While waiting for an assignment, it is best to read about the eight mistakes that rookie travel nurses make so you can avoid doing them in the future. Here’s what you need to know. 

Avoid These While Going Through Your Contract

#1. Skimming through your contract.

It is a big booboo on your part if you do not read your contract thoroughly. Your travel nurse contract is an essential part of your assignment, so any responsible nurse will carefully read through it before signing [1]. Skimming through your contract will place you in a situation that you might not like. 

Before signing, make sure to check for accuracy and completeness. Check also for the assignment, pay rate, dates, travel reimbursements, bonuses, time offs, and other special agreements that you may have.

Your agency should be able to answer all your concerns if needed. So, don’t just skim through it; read your contract well!

#2. Being unprepared for your assignment.

As nurses, we are trained to be ready at all times. We can even give boy scouts a run for their money if we talk about preparedness! It is a part of our nurse’s skills to be alert and ready for anything.

However, rookie travel nurses are too complacent about their assignments that they don’t bother preparing – a big mistake! They let their excitement get the best of them. Remember, you are traveling for work, not for fun.

Be in a work-mode mindset as you take on an assignment. While you can still see sights along the way or during your offs, you still have to be prepared to do your nursing duties. Avoid these mistakes that rookie travel nurses make, and you will save yourself from trouble.

Agencies will help you process everything you need – even your license entering a compact state. In short, you have all the help you need. All you have to do is show up on time and make sure that you make a good impression on your first day.

Always bring your supporting documents if your supervisor needs them – it will show how responsible you are for a rookie travel nurse!

#3. Bringing too much stuff with you.

The shortest duration of your assignment is around four to eight weeks, with the longest of thirteen weeks. There’s no need to bring too much stuff with you.

Bring only the essentials, and make sure you have enough to reuse. If you are assigned to a different state during winter, bring clothes suitable for the weather. Other than that, leave the ones you don’t need during this assignment. Besides, the weeks will fly by, and the next thing you know, you are off to another location again. 

Take note also of the place you are staying. Is it furnished or not? See what is included in your accommodation. This way, you can decide whether to bring other items along or not. 

#4. Not asking questions.

As a travel nurse, you will always be the “new kid” in town. And as much as you want to do your job and go, it is not always the case. Whenever you are assigned to a new facility, be sure to ask the right questions.

You need to learn where things are, who you need to call for emergencies, what practices are done, or protocols to follow. Asking these questions will help your survival on each shift. 

Be sure to make new friends too. Sure, you are the extra hand, but it won’t hurt if you greet people and be friendly. After all, you work in the same facility. Besides, having new friends broadens your network.

So, do not hesitate to be nice to everyone you meet along the way. You will need guidance and help as you go. 

#5. Acting like you are not part of the team.

Sure, you may be a temporary nurse extending help, but that does not mean you should also exclude yourself from others. Staff nurses will expect you to do your best. Showing up on time and doing your duties are essential, but you are not hired to work there to separate yourself. 

Try to be a part of the team, be nice to people, be prepared, and do your part. If you work like you are part of the team, your coworkers will treat you the same. Don’t be a total stranger. 

#6. Acting like you know it all.

Another mistake that rookie travel nurses make is acting like they don’t need help from anyone. Being a know-it-all is something you should avoid. Sure, you have the skills and knowledge, but ignoring protocols and not following the standard procedures in the facility you are working in is a huge mistake. 

Take time to listen and learn from your coworkers. It does not matter how long you have been a travel nurse or new to the job. Being open to suggestions and learning the trade is vital if you want to keep your job.

Learning new skills will only strengthen your ability as a nurse. Once you have shown that you are valuable to the team, you might find your coworkers asking for your input. 

#7. Joining the hospital drama.

One mistake that rookie travel nurses make is by joining hospital politics during their brief stay [2]. As a result, they found themselves tangled in the drama that they could’ve avoided in the first place. 

As tempting as juicy gossip can be, avoid engaging in it. Remember, you are only working in this facility for a few weeks. It is always better to build strong relationships than to be part of the gossip crew.

Besides, you don’t know the people involved or the whole story, so why bother becoming a part of it? So, do what you came to do, avoid gossiping, and focus on your patient care. You will be appreciated more!

#8. Working hard or hardly working.

Last but not least, one of the mistakes that rookie travel nurses make is working too much or too little. As a nurse, your work is a priority, but you can become a workaholic when you work too much and don’t pause to breathe.

So find time to balance work and recreation. One of the reasons you became a travel nurse is to see other places, so do it! Take a look at your schedule and plan an activity for the day.

While you are assigned a job, why not take the opportunity to see places? Knowing when to work and have fun has its perks. Besides, after a long day of serving patients, a breather sounds about right. Enjoy the moments while you can! 

Find Balance on Your First Job

Becoming a travel nurse is exciting, primarily if you are assigned to a place that you haven’t been to before. But as you do, find balance in your work and play. Be mindful of your ways, be presentable, arrive on time, and leave work at work.

Over time, you will enjoy each assignment, and you don’t have to make the same mistakes rookie travel nurses make! Being a nurse is a rewarding job, and for you to deliver quality care, you must also take care of yourself.

Hopefully, this list cleared it out for you. Best of luck! 

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Your First Year as a Nurse: Advice for New Nurses

Your First Year as a Nurse: Advice for New Nurses

Your First Year as a Nurse: Advice for New Nurses

Congratulations on passing nursing school and making it into the nursing world! You are now a qualified and registered nurse, so how can you survive your first year as a nurse?

Here’s what you need to know.

 

On Your First Year as a Nurse

Working as a professional nurse for the first time is an exciting and scary thought. You are new to the job, but at the same time, you have the skills needed to do it.

Your first year as a nurse is a year for adjustments, and I will be honest with you, it will be difficult. It’s like everything you learned in nursing school is poking you all at once!

You will discover different skills and techniques used in the trade, AND you will probably be tired all the time. Long shifts, overtime, and toxic days are ahead of you.

But don’t worry, if anyone before you made it, so can you! Following these pieces of advice will help you survive and thrive in this wonderful career.

 

It’s OK to not to know everything

One of the anxieties that new nurses experience is that they expect to be good at what they do right away. You are not going to master every technique, procedure, or hospital protocol in one year.

Give yourself some time to adjust to your new environment. Remember, your first year is a year for adjustments, so give yourself some room to learn.

Bear in mind that your new domain is different from nursing school, so relax. It is OK not to know everything. I know you want to be good at your job, but take one step at a time. After all, being a nurse is a job that requires patience, so be patient with yourself. 

 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

As a nurse, you must have a curious nature. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. Many new nurses are afraid to ask questions because it may sound like they admit to something they don’t know.

However, asking questions is also an excellent way to learn. So, don’t hesitate to ask questions. It will show that you are interested in learning something new and that you are open to new things and not afraid to speak up. 

 

Develop your time management skills

One of the skills you must develop during your first year as a nurse is time management. Remember that your priority is patient care, but as you do, you must meet the hospital management’s expectations and coworkers.

Learning how to use your time effectively can help you in this situation. 

 

Get to know who you are working with

Remember your coworkers’ names, and make sure to say hello when you meet them in the corridors. As a new nurse, it is essential to make friends and build relationships with your colleagues. So, be polite and cooperate with your coworkers.

Seek advice from your mentors and colleagues. Not only is this important in your profession, but it will also help in surviving your first year as a nurse. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have someone you can trust and laugh with on your team when things get tough? Of course!

 

Sign up for classes or volunteer to enhance your nursing skills

Your life as a nurse does not only revolve around the hospital. During your first year, be sure to sign up for additional classes to enhance your nursing skills.

Volunteering for events, internships, and nursing drives also enhances your nursing knowledge. It will hone your skills and prepare you for your career as a full-pledge nurse. 

 

Join nursing organizations 

Becoming a member of a nursing organization is beneficial for a new nurse. Being a part of these networks broadens your opportunity to find work and resources.

It is also an excellent way to make connections in the professional nursing world. If you decide to join a nursing organization, make sure that it is close to the chosen area of the nursing field you would like to work.

For example, if you wish to be a part of psychiatric-mental health nursing, you can join the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 

 

Prioritize self-care for you. 

Many new nurses experience anxiety and stress during their first year as a nurse. That said, it is crucial to take care of your mental health too. As a nurse, you are the health care provider, but what happens when you are not well yourself?

How can you deliver quality care to your patients? So, take care of yourself; exercise, meditate, eat healthily, and get enough rest. Not only are you taking care of yourself and your mental health, but it will also help you from burning out. 

 

The Reality of Your First Year as a Nurse

It will be challenging, but it will also be one of the best years of your life! As a new nurse, you are like an infant. You may have a license to work as a nurse and the knowledge to apply, but just like a growing baby, you also need to take small steps. 

Of course, there will be days when everything else is extra tricky, but don’t give up! Stay positive, and instead of feeling down, list the things you don’t know of and see what you can do to correct them.

Read new nursing trends, be updated with the latest in the nursing community, and build relationships in and out of your workplace – anything is possible!

Yes, your first year will be tough, but if you focus on the good things, your time will fly by, and the next thing you know, you’re on your way to better opportunities. So, enjoy the experience, and most importantly, enjoy the opportunity of helping others. Good luck!

 

Looking for more nursing and travel nursing information? Check out these helpful links!

 

How Meditation Can Help You Cope with Anxiety

How Meditation Can Help You Cope with Anxiety

How Meditation Can Help You Cope with Anxiety

Feeling stressed out as a result of the state of the world? Between social unrest, global health concerns and any personal upsets, that stress is totally normal and you are not alone.

However, just because stress is a normal reaction to troubles doesn’t mean that stress has to take over your whole life.

If you’re starting to feel worried all the time, or developing physical symptoms such as stomach aches or panic attacks, then you need some tools to reduce the intensity of that anxiety and bring it down to more manageable levels.

Here are some tips to get you started, courtesy of Cup of Nurses.

Creating a Positive Space

Before you dive into meditating, ask yourself if you have a space that will foster peace and mindfulness. Meditating in a busy room full of kids, for example, can be a bit of a challenge.

Make sure you have a space that’s quiet, private, and emits soothing energy. 

If self-isolating was part of your self-care plan during the pandemic, you might have started to build up some negative associations with your home.

You can release and replace this energy by burning sage, or even simply letting in some fresh air. Releasing negative energy that may have built up in your space is vital for achieving inner peace.

Also, remember that aromatherapy can be an invaluable asset in balancing and unlocking various chakras.

Movement Meditation 

If you’re brand-new to meditation or work on mindfulness, movement is usually a good place to start. Trying to plop down in a quiet room and clear your mind right out of the gate isn’t likely to be particularly effective.

When your brain is used to running a million miles a minute, having something physical to focus on can help you develop the focus necessary to meditate effectively. 

Yoga is one of the best forms of physical meditation, and you can find a ton of resources online that will help you develop mindfulness this way.

However, you can practice mindfulness while doing any kind of physical activity; swimming lends itself well to meditation. You can enjoy a walk while paying attention to the sensation of your feet against the ground, or the sounds happening around you.

If you already have a favorite form of exercise, the next time you work out, pay close attention to what’s happening in your body. This will help you develop mindfulness, as well as make your workouts safer and more effective. 

Guided Meditation 

A great way to ease yourself into meditation is to try some guided meditations. For example, Irish Life Health notes you could try a free guided meditation app designed to help you unwind whenever and wherever you are.

There are guided meditations on all sorts of topics, from fostering focus, to parenting, to releasing anger, and more. 

Guided meditations give you a chance to practice releasing control over your mind and watching what your mind does instead.

At the start, having a voice prompting you to notice your breath and to observe where your mind goes can keep you from feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by your own straying thoughts.

Eventually, however, you can learn to meditate with or without guidance, opening you up to a world of relaxation and inner peace. 

At the end of the day, meditation doesn’t get rid of stress, nor does it magically make you constantly happy. Stress and unhappiness are, after all, a natural part of living.

What it does do is teach you how to sit with those emotions without the urge to push them down or fight them away. When you learn how to sit beside your pain, you will find it becomes far more bearable. 

 

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EP 202: Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

EP 202: Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

Enrich Your Personal Life With Dr. Terri Ann Parnell

To enrich our lives means we must fill our body, mind, and soul with experiences that give meaning to our being. We must fill our lives with those that teach us to be better people and challenge us to become the person we want to be.

It also means we must overcome the obstacles in our lives with courage and determination. Of course, we all want a happy and fulfilled life, but how can we do that? What are our personal goals? And most importantly, how can we enrich our personal lives so we can also live our lives to the fullest?

In this episode, we want to introduce you to Dr. Terri Ann Parnell. Dr. Terri Ann Parnell is a nurse, a recognized health literacy expert, and an award-winning author.

She is the principal and founder of TAP Wellness Coaching and Health Literacy Partners. Her extensive nursing career incorporates hospital and health system management, administrative and leadership roles, and faculty roles in schools of nursing, medicine, and health care administration.

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  • Can you give us a little background about yourself? 
  • Why did you start TAP?
  • What do you think nurses and other healthcare professionals are lacking or needing? 
  • What are the five pillars of TAP, and how can they help healthcare professionals?
  • How can nurse change their nutrition?
  • How can nurses move more?
  • How can nurses sleep more soundly?
  • How can nurses practice self-care?
  • How can nurses build resilience? 
  • What changes should be implemented in healthcare or even a unit? 
  • If you could change one thing in healthcare, what would it be?
  • So many nurses are leaving the bedside; how can we get better retention?
  • Do you think there’s a nursing shortage, or do nurses not want to work bedside?


Ending Questions

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

 

Links: 

Sign-Up for “Tuesdays with TAP” weekly email for resources, tips, and new upcoming opportunities. https://www.tapwellnesscoaching.com/ 

You can also connect with Dr. Parnell on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tapwellnesscoaching/ 

Or check out their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/TerriAnnParnell 

To learn how to enrich your personal life better, click here for the full episode 👇👇👇

TIMESTAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:53 About Dr. Terri Ann Parnell
05:02 What do nursing and healthcare professionals lack?
07:45 The challenging part of being the leader
09:42 Which sector of our healthcare system requires the most assistance?
12:01 What issues are hospitals facing today?
15:56 The 5 pillars of wellness
18:17 The most prevalent issue we all have
21:47 What you can do to address your sleep issue
26:29 Self-care practices you can do
28:22 Becoming a resilient nurse
31:45 How to find a balance between work and life
34:22 Building self-confidence
38:13 Dr. Terri’s desire for medical care
39:30 How Dr. Terri’s program works
44:49 Issues that frequently plague healthcare professionals
47:40 Wrapping up the episode