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Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Nursing interview

How to Answer

On this particular question, the interviewer is looking to hear from you where your passions fall in the nursing field. They can tell where your experience comes from in your resume and now it is time to showcase your passion for the job that you are interviewing for.

If you are interviewing for a specialty area within nursing that you have worked in the past, talk about your interests in that area and why the job is important to you. If you are interviewing for a new specialty area of care, look to point out similarities of your past duties and experiences and how they will translate to this potential new job. New graduates to the nursing field should talk about their clinical experiences and why they see this job as the best fit for their career.

Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
Answer example

"Having worked in Family Practice as a nurse for my entire career, I've had the joy of working with mothers and their newborn children for their care when they were sick. I've provided care for newborns that have had a wide array of sicknesses and have always loved that aspect of that of my job. With my career goal always being working on an obstetrics unit, my experience working with newborns will translate well."

Entry Level

"As a new graduate not being specialized at this time, I want to gain as much nursing knowledge as I can in my first job out of school. During my clinical rotations, my opportunity working on a Med/Surg unit was great as I worked with patients from a very diverse background with a variety of illnesses and injuries. This rotation is what brings me here today for your open Med/Surg nursing position. I'm really looking forward to broadening my nursing skills on a unit like this and working with patients from all walks of life."


"When I came out of nursing school, my dream was to work in a home health setting. After putting in my time to gain experience, I landed the job that I am currently working in a home health setting. Over the years, I have gained a great amount of experience working in that setting where I have received excellent patient satisfaction scores and have become very effective and efficient working away from an office on the road. Your opportunity highly interests me as it would enable me to utilize my skills in a much larger scope while still providing me the opportunity to continue learning and growing in my career."

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Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
As a graduate nurse, I am yet to work in a specialty area. However, I have had a placement at a neurosurgical ward.
How would you deal with someone you observed working outside the scope of his/her job?
Have not had that experience.
2 yrs in emergency after that I was moved in ot 7yrs.
I am currently working in the ED
I have never worked in any of those areas.
I have not had that experience.
I have never worked in a specialty area. My experience consists of Rehab, Orthopedics and Urology.
I am currently employed in SICU
3 years worked in general operation theatre.
I currently work in the OR
I have 14 years of clinical laboratory experience and I have worked here at wgh since 2013
I have worked in the OR for 4 years and its been since 2.5 years since ive been in my specialty but I left my position to start my maternity leave and continued my APN clinicals right after and completed the program 2013
Currently working in pacu.
I have not worked in these area since clinical in nursing school. However, I am a fast learning.
I have recent clinical experience this past year in this area.
Currently working in pre-hospital medicine at a critical care level.
Currently I am a nurse on the ER, I enjoyed my time there, but as you know, this position is a promotion from the ER unit and am looking forward to giving my best effort if hired.
Strenghts and weaknesses.
It has been 5 months since I worked in a speciality area, but I have continued my education through BLS training, IV certification, and online modules through the ANA website.
I do not have any experience currently in those areas because I am a new grad. However, I am a fast learner and I am motivated to learn as much as I can!

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