Ibelieve my passion for nursing significantly increased when my grandmother tooksick in 2015.

Most of my time was spent taking care of her with my oldercousin, who is a nurse. Through my cousin’s explanations, I understood thecause of my grandmother’s stroke and ways we would have to take care of her.After having to assist bathing her, giving her medication and injections,changing her dressing and feeding her, I can truly say that my grandmother’sailment not only helped me to be empathetic but to be diligent in my careerchoice.Althoughtaking care of my grandmother was extremely gratifying, I am especially eagerand determined to assist in the well being of mothers, babies and theirfamilies from the antenatal through postnatal stages.

For this reason, I planto specialize in midwifery. Based on my research, character and jobexperiences, I know this career will not only be hands-on but gives me theprivilege to support and empower women about their health and lifestyles. Iwant to be a part of that process as I interact directly with mother, baby andfamily and each stage; from antenatal care to labor, birth and postpartum care.I believe that I possess good qualities of a midwife where my calm yet quickreaction, would not only help the mother and family to put their trust in mebut to feel comfortable in any situation.

As I pursue to further my knowledgein this field, I cannot help but think of the many factors that contributed tomy current insight and skills.Myinterest in nursing led me to apply for several positions in the medical field.After finishing school, I had the opportunity to work at the Princess AlexandraHospital, as part of the end of year job placement programme. I was firstplaced in the Admissions Department but I really started to enjoy the work onceI was moved to the Radiology Department. There I was exposed to patients’files, diagnostic images and how x-rays and ultrasounds were done. Just lastyear, I was employed at one of Anguilla’s private clinics, Hughes Medical Center,as the files clerk. Although I was not directly involved in nursing, I wasexposed to patients’ laboratory results, diagnostic images, surgery notes andmedical history.

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I can truly say that the doctors and nurses played an immenserole through their inspiration and encouragement as they continuously assistedme in my career choice. Currently, I am employed as a nursing aide at thePrincess Alexandra Hospital, where I’ve had several opportunities to assist andobserve the midwives during the antenatal to postnatal stage which includedmonitoring, screening, giving emotional support to the mother and familythroughout the delivery. Throughout these job experiences I have exercisedconfidentiality, punctuality and good team work ethic as my medical knowledgewas significantly expanded and my interpersonal skills were developed throughdaily face-to-face interaction with coworkers and patients.Ibelieve that even jobs that were not directly related to nursing equipped mefor the field, for instance, teaching from 2014 to 2016,  I observed that the same patience and one onone care that I gave to my students should be applied to patients as well. Justas each student has a unique attribute and some may be more complex thanothers, so too should I approach each patient according to their individualneeds.

I exercised flexibility, physical endurance, problem solving skills andpaid keen attention to detail as a teacher, which are all pertinentcharacteristics for midwifery.Evensome of my extra-curricular activities taught me things I can apply to nursingsuch as the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, Tae Kwon Do Club and History Cub. Iactively participated in community and physical activities as well as travelledand learned discipline and the value of good leadership skills. I have alwaysenjoyed interacting with others and my hope is to make that a lifelong realitythrough Midwifery.