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48 Nursing Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass
| Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.

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Why are you leaving your current position?

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  1. 1.

    Why are you leaving your current position?

      This question is a time for you to be up front and honest with the person that is interviewing you, but to a point. Under no circumstance should you talk negatively about your current employer as that is a major red flag for interviewers. If you are truly leaving your former position because the organization has done bad things, make sure to find reasons that the organization you are interviewing with is better for your long term well being and career. Don't make money or benefits the sole focus of this interview question either as that will be a red flag that you may jump ship later on for more money. Focus on how the new position would better you as a nurse and a person.

      Heather's Answer

      "While I've enjoyed my time working in my current role, your position for a nurse in your women's health clinic will help me expand my horizons as a nurse and put me where I have always dreamed of being a nurse. I came into the profession to help work with women with specific health issues and this would be my dream job in doing so."

      Kelly's Answer

      "I love my current job caring for pediatric patients who are hospitalized for various conditions, but I am ready to take a step in a different direction and work with a different population of patients, such as the orthopedic surgery patients that I would work with in the position at your organization. While I love children and the pediatric patients I work with, it can be emotionally draining, and after being in this position for over five years, I feel like it is time to move on to something else and not only allow myself a reprieve from the emotional aspect but also expand my skillset."

      Ryan's Answer

      "I have been working in my current position for two years, and while I appreciate all the opportunities I have had to learn and become a better nurse in the position as an outpatient nurse in an adult medicine clinic, I feel like it is time to move on. My current position was my first job out of nursing school, and while it has helped me strengthen my clinical and interpersonal skills, I feel like I am ready for a position in the inpatient environment where I will be more challenged. I want a position where I can grow clinically and not one where I feel my clinical skills are waning, and I feel that this position at your organization can offer me that."

      Ryan's Answer

      "After spending six years as an entry level nurse on a Med/Surg unit, I have realized that I have gained as much experience as I can there and am looking to expand my horizons and get into Hospice nursing. My job search has been very meticulous and thorough in looking for an employer that can meet my needs both personally and professionally and your organization can provide that."

      Anonymous Answer

      "After spending EIGHT years as a Nephrology, oncology, and ED nurse in Japan, I have realized that I have gained as much experience as I can there and am looking to expand my horizons and get into ED nursing in State . My job search has been very meticulous and thorough in looking for an employer that can meet my needs both personally and professionally and your organization can provide that."

      Kristine's Answer

      Good answer. I revised grammar in a couple of places for accuracy.

      "After spending eight years as nephrology, oncology, and ED nurse in Japan, I have realized that I have gained as much experience as I can there, and I am looking to expand my horizons and get into ED nursing in the states. My job search has been very meticulous and thorough in looking for an employer that can meet my needs both personally and professionally, and your organization can provide that."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I'm leaving my current position because it's time to take this next step in my journey. I have been working towards being a nurse for the past 4 1/2 years of my life, and I am so grateful to the family I currently nanny for, but I am ready to reach this goal of becoming a nurse and embark on an entirely new journey."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds as though you are highly prepared for this transition and the next step in your career. Your answers are thoughtful and honest. Very well done!

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