I’ve as if these were survivor stories

I’ve always had great respect towards all healthcare professionals work. But I’ve always had a growing interest in child nursing, it strikes as a extremely valuable and gratifying career path to choose. My inquisitive desire for a nursing career started by witnessing this by being in and out of hospital for over two months at a young age. At arm’s length, I was able to see what nurses do on a daily and nightly basis.

That was when I truly started to develop a desire to become a paediatric nurse. Throughout my A level studies I have devoted my free time to read many books of all genres and the one that stood out to me was a nursing book; ‘I wasn’t like this when I first started out…’ edited by Lee Gutkind. His book contained stories of nurses’ personal experiences which were a true eye-opener to me and I become more attentive with each word I read. I felt as if these were survivor stories about how nurses get through the drama and awful sadness, but also the joy that comes from day-to-day of working in their profession. Although most sounded terrible, I view them as rewarding and admirable stories. In relation to the course I intend to study, I have benefitted from my current subjects majorly, Health and Social Care, Medical Science and Art. I find that these courses should assist me to achieve my goal.

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I’ve gained an understanding of how care values are applied in health and social care settings, and their importance to work in the sectors. Through a variety of activities I have developed skills that will be of use in all careers in the health and social care sector. Throughout my studies of medical science, I have learnt hugely about the basics of pharmacology and action of medications. I have also learnt about the human systems including respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and endocrine and vaguely over the lymphatic system. I firmly believe these are intensely advantaged topics to have learnt before beginning to studying a nursing course at university.I believe Art may not usually be a subject which would help pursue a healthcare profession but from gazing at a painting or examining a clay piece I have developed observational skills which would be significantly needed in the future.

I have also developed an understanding appreciation of different cultures and worldviews.From last year I have worked as a part-time sales assistant in a bakery which I enjoy every moment of it. I have gained many skills within my job which I believe would help me throughout my studies and towards my future career. I have improved my teamwork skills as I understood the nature of how teamwork leads to a better outcomes rather than independent work. Similarly I regularly talk to customers and the staff I work with which has improved my communication skills greatly and I have also become more mature and responsible since obtaining my job which will be beneficial when working with patients.I have undertaken work experience in a primary school nursery and in an early year’s nursery.

In a primary school, I was a volunteer teaching assistant working with children of key stage 1 and 2. Within the nursery I worked with children aged between 0-5, in this placement I would supervise and support the children as well as play alongside them. Within both roles, I have worked with many children from different backgrounds and I have learned to understand and manage their individual needs. Being in these placements has helped increase my confidence and my communication skills which I understand is extremely important in the nursing profession as nurses constantly have to communicate with each other, other professionals, children and children’s parent or guardian’s.I have confidence that I am right for this course. I always try my hardest as I am highly self-motivated.

I cannot wait to take a step to achieve my dream.


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