Adult Nursing Personal Statement
Nursing is a profession I have always looked upon with respect. I believe that the role of a nurse can be very challenging and hectic at times, as well as rewarding and fulfilling.
In my opinion a person who is willing to become a nurse needs to have very good interpersonal skills, be a good listener, empathetic, eager to learn and strive to improve themselves.
An understanding for other people's needs without prejudice is also important. I believe I possess all of the above qualities and will endeavour to maintain and improve on them whenever possible.
My genuine interest in caring for vulnerable people resulted in my study of special needs education at the Comenius University in Slovakia.
During my five years study I gained valuable knowledge of clinical and child psychology, education for people with multiple disabilities, developmental biology, sociology and philosophy.
To complement this I also studied art, music, drama and play therapy, from which I enjoyed art therapy the most. I am aware of the healing and relaxing power of art, especially drawing, as it is something that has personally worked for me as means to relax.
My course not only involved theoretical study but also valuable practical experience.
Among the places where I have volunteered are: children's home, orphanage, home for teenage mothers, old peoples home, home for mentally ill, diagnostic centre, re-educative children's home, home for blind children, therapeutic educational sanatorium, nursery and after school art club based in a primary school. I also took part in a project for homeless people.
I realised I definitely wanted to work in health care when I registered as a student with one childcare agency and was placed with a "difficult" client. He was a lovely 12 year old with cerebral palsy. He helped me to discover my caring attitude and the desire to make a difference in somebody's life.
My first professional job was in the care field. I started off this career by completing a spinal cord injury carer training which involved: anatomy and physiology of the vertebral column and spinal cord, urinary and bowel management, first aid and maintaining dignity, privacy and self-esteem.
For two and half years I have been working for a gentleman with spinal injury and for six months for a lady with motor neurone disease. During this period I feel my interpersonal skills and my ability to understand non-verbal communication cues have greatly improved. I have become a better listener too.
Earlier this year I undertook two courses at the College of North West London. I studied counselling skills and art therapy and feel I gained useful counselling skills which will not only be beneficial to nursing but also in many other areas of my life.
I learnt that the way we respond to different life circumstances can be influenced by early childhood experiences or unsolved issues. This has helped me a lot with my personal growth.
I truly enjoy working directly with people which is one of the reasons I have decided on this career path. I realise that nursing is a profession for life.
Once you become a nurse you are a nurse for the rest of your life. It will influence the way you act and think, the way you see the world around you. I feel I am ready to embark on this profession and the way of life it entails.
This personal statement was written by ikuscha for application in 2009.
Hiya this is a personal statement of a foreign and mature student. I already have a master degree in special needs education. i think this statement might be a bit different but hopefully inspirational. Any feedback will be much appreciated and good luck everyone!