Nursing Personal Statement

Having worked hard to gain training, knowledge and employment experience in the field of care, I am aware both of how challenging and rewarding it can be as a career. Being given the opportunity to turn my aptitude for caring for others into a career has already allowed me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Gaining the necessary knowledge and experience to perform a more involved role in a nursing capacity will motivate me to continue working and studying to the same high standard and allow me to make an even greater difference to the lives of my patients in the future. Having shown myself to be a highly competent student throughout my schooling, I am currently undertaking A-levels in Biology and Maths in order to prepare myself for the more rigorous demands of undergraduate study. More importantly, I have also been lucky enough to undergo a large amount of training that has allowed me to learn knowledge and skills in the practical context in which they will be used. I have taken specific training courses on Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, Basic Life Support and Stroke Training, as well as general training courses on the corporate and information technology aspects of care. These have laid an excellent foundation for further medical study but have also introduced me to the administrative and organisational skills that will allow me to work to a high level through undergraduate study and into my career beyond.

Receiving training while working within the field of care is just a small part of the way in which my career thus far has prepared me to study nursing. Actually putting this training into practice has allowed me to prove to myself, and to others, that I have what it takes to make a real impact as part of a care team. Having recently completed the required literacy and numeracy qualifications, I will soon be starting a new role as a Health Care Assistant, working within an interdisciplinary team to deliver individualised patient care. My success in securing this role is a result of my previous performance as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. This rewarding role was my first experience of working within a hospital environment and required the maintenance of good working relationships with colleagues and patients. As well as communicating with and observing patients to help assess their occupational functioning, I also had to complete extensive notes, which would be entered onto the PAS system at the end of each day. Many of the patients would be understandably distressed and I found that my ability to stay calm and talk to them as individuals allowed me to play a valuable role in their treatment. This also allowed me to use a range of skills that I had developed through my time as a Community Care Worker. Travelling to client’s homes and helping them to live as independent a life as possible showed me that everyone is an individual and, while an attention to detail and operational accuracy is important, a respect for this fact is paramount. Whether assessing their medical needs or assisting them during an emergency situation, such as a nasty fall, keeping them as calm as possible and trying to do the same myself was the most important aspect that helped me to get the job done.

Having progressed rapidly during my career I have found additional responsibility has allowed me to play a fuller role in delivering patient care, and this has motivated me to meet any challenges head on. As someone with excellent communication skills, who enjoys listening and taking time with each of the patients I have worked with, I believe that a career within nursing will allow me to reach an even higher standard in the future.

 

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