Personal statementMy dream to do adult nursing was when I suffered frompneumonia as a child. Growing up in Kenya due to living conditions I gotpneumonia. I loved how caring the nurses where and they never failed to keep asmile on my face every morning. This then aspired me to be a nurse.

In additionI also volunteered in a care home at the age of 16. I wasn’t able to dopersonal care home but I would sit with the residents during tea time and Ienjoyed having a chat and helping the service providers as much as I could. Am currently studying level 3 extended diploma in Health andSocial Care at Stockport College. During this course I’ve been able to enjoyall my units and I have gained a lot of knowledge from my tutors and peers.

Oneof my favourite units has been anatomy and physiology which I got adistinction. I learnt about the different functions of the body system and howthey interrelate to each other and the importance of homeostasis in maintainingthe healthy functioning of the body.  Ihave also learnt a lot from unit 12 public health. This unit has increased myknowledge on key points of public health strategies and how the National HealthService (NHS) was led and put into effect in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan who was thelabour health minister.

Working with adults, it’s important to know differenttypes of dementia which could affect people from any age. This unit has taughtme different roles and responsibilities of health care providers in improvingthe health and quality for people with dementia. This unit also outlinesdifferent types of dementia and common signs and symptoms. Lastly, working in ahealth care environment it’s important that health and safety measures are taken.For example carrying out risks assessments and finding a way to minimise themfor the service users. During my course, I’ve done 200 hours of placement in a carehome.

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I’ve learnt about the importance of multi-agency working and goodcommunication skills. For example writing and noting down each activity theservice users do. This has improved my communication effectively and myinterpersonal interactions. For instance, when talking to service users it’simportant to talk in a quiet place since noise can affect an individual’scomfort and cause annoyance. It can also affect the concentration of thecommunication cycle.

My hobbies are dancing, going to different concerts,spending time with my family and friends and reading. When I visit Kenya I alsolove spending time in a children’s orphanage called Tumaini children’s home inMombasa and we try to provide basic necessities. I do enjoy sports and going tothe gym which helps improve my fitness abilities. I came from Kenya to the UK in 2015 January. It was quitehard travelling all the way from a different continent and having to start allover only with only a few months left to do my GCSE’S. I do believe that adult nursing is the right career pathchoice since I’ve been able to work in a health care environment and learntfrom professional health workers what is needed and demanded from you workingas a nurse. Nursing might be challenging but it’s important to stay calm andcomforting to all patients regardless of the situation since they trust you andlook up to you for reassurance.

I am confident I can overcome thesechallenges since I believe I entail the academic ability and goodunderstanding of professional care values to be an adult nurse.