My dream to do adult nursing was when I suffered from
pneumonia as a child. Growing up in Kenya due to living conditions I got
pneumonia. I loved how caring the nurses where and they never failed to keep a
smile on my face every morning. This then aspired me to be a nurse. In addition
I also volunteered in a care home at the age of 16. I wasn’t able to do
personal care home but I would sit with the residents during tea time and I
enjoyed having a chat and helping the service providers as much as I could.
Am currently studying level 3 extended diploma in Health and
Social Care at Stockport College. During this course I’ve been able to enjoy
all my units and I have gained a lot of knowledge from my tutors and peers. One
of my favourite units has been anatomy and physiology which I got a
distinction. I learnt about the different functions of the body system and how
they interrelate to each other and the importance of homeostasis in maintaining
the healthy functioning of the body. I
have also learnt a lot from unit 12 public health. This unit has increased my
knowledge on key points of public health strategies and how the National Health
Service (NHS) was led and put into effect in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan who was the
labour health minister. Working with adults, it’s important to know different
types of dementia which could affect people from any age. This unit has taught
me different roles and responsibilities of health care providers in improving
the health and quality for people with dementia. This unit also outlines
different types of dementia and common signs and symptoms. Lastly, working in a
health care environment it’s important that health and safety measures are taken.
For example carrying out risks assessments and finding a way to minimise them
for the service users.
During my course, I’ve done 200 hours of placement in a care
home. I’ve learnt about the importance of multi-agency working and good
communication skills. For example writing and noting down each activity the
service users do. This has improved my communication effectively and my
interpersonal interactions. For instance, when talking to service users it’s
important to talk in a quiet place since noise can affect an individual’s
comfort and cause annoyance. It can also affect the concentration of the
My hobbies are dancing, going to different concerts,
spending time with my family and friends and reading. When I visit Kenya I also
love spending time in a children’s orphanage called Tumaini children’s home in
Mombasa and we try to provide basic necessities. I do enjoy sports and going to
the gym which helps improve my fitness abilities.
I came from Kenya to the UK in 2015 January. It was quite
hard travelling all the way from a different continent and having to start all
over only with only a few months left to do my GCSE’S.
I do believe that adult nursing is the right career path
choice since I’ve been able to work in a health care environment and learnt
from professional health workers what is needed and demanded from you working
as a nurse. Nursing might be challenging but it’s important to stay calm and
comforting to all patients regardless of the situation since they trust you and
look up to you for reassurance. I am confident I can overcome these
challenges since I believe I entail the academic ability and good
understanding of professional care values to be an adult nurse.