Sometimes it is difficult to work full time. Thankfully in the past few years, part-time jobs have gotten more popular than ever. Especially as a mother, it is almost impossible to juggle a full-time job and kids, and at the same time wanting to give your children as much attention as any mum would want to. Fortunately, as options open every day there are some jobs that are almost designed for mothers; therefore, being able to balance a career, while not only spending time with your children but also benefitting them. Nursing, for example, can be a good fit, being the job focused on taking care of patients, just like a mother takes care of her children every day. Although, it does not mean that it would not be a challenging road to undertake.
Therefore your first step will be to decide whether you are really interested in this job. You should answer this question before ever deciding anything: out of all the eligible jobs why nursing? First of all, it is a job in very high demand as it is a known fact that in the UK there is a very high shortage reality, and therefore there are always jobs available, also locations will not be an issue, hospitals are present in every city, or town. Once you have taken this decision your next step is to research some universities that would fit yours, and your children’s schedule; online nursing courses are also a reality, and for a mum probably a much better choice.
Once you are have taken the required qualifications and you feel you are ready to work, it is the beginning of the famous job-hunting. Landing your first nursing interview: once you receive that email with the confirmation of the interview, and the excitement replaces with fear, remember there is no need to panic, we are here to give you some tips to get you there prepared, and eventually a little relaxed.
Like an interview for any other type of role, employers will want to make sure that you are the right fit for the position and company/hospital. In an interview to be a nurse, however, making sure you project a positive image is crucial as patient care is at the forefront of this field.
Next, prepare for those interview questions. Here are a couple commonly asked questions as well as some tips for how to answer them.
- Why nursing?
Being a nurse is an especially fulfilling job and this is your chance to explain why it is special to you. This gives you the opportunity to talk about the value of human life and what drew you to want to help people, and how caring for your children helped you with this decision of helping others. Instead of giving a vague answer, you can illustrate a real life experience or find a unique way to explain your passion for nursing.
- How do you handle yourself in an emergency situation?
Working in the health and safety of patients is not always easy, so stress is naturally attached to the job, and emergencies are an everyday-case. Therefore the employer will want to know how you react since in hospitals most of the times lives are at stake. Acknowledge this part of being a nurse and be honest in how you handle stress personally, in your everyday life, being a mum will give you the advantage as on an everyday base there can be, and there is an ‘emergency’/ unplanned situation.
“I handle an emergency situation on the job by maintaining my focus on my number one priority: my patient. I focus on that and rise to the occasion under stress. (you could easily use an emergency situation you found yourself with your kids and how you managed it)”
As you can see from these two examples, interviewing for a nursing role highlights many of the important characteristics that mothers also have. As a nurturer, with a positive attitude and the right nursing credentials, part-time nursing can be the perfect fit for the everyday mum.