I was born in Nigeria, a country that is so rich in both
Human and natural resources but, yet the people are suffering and lack good and
quality health care system. While growing up in Northern Nigeria, I witnessed
people dying of various diseases like malaria, tuberculosis, yellow fever,
polio and other types of preventable diseases. The effect of sickness,
malnutrition and poverty people struggle daily to cope with still make me look
back on what life was in a third world country. Mental Illness is a predominant
disease in Nigeria and with lack of care for vulnerable people within the
society, many Nigerians have misconception and beliefs about mental illness and
therefore stigmatise people with health illness. Having the opportunity to come
to the United Kingdom with my family has opened my eyes to what a good health
care system can be like and the opportunity of working with professionals
within the healthcare system has spurred me on in my belief about helping and
caring for other people in need. I had always had an innate desire to help and
care for people and making a positive impact on the community.

 

I am fully aware that the nursing profession is a
challenging career but for me the thought of helping people supersede any
obstacles and difficulties I could encounter on the job. I have gained valuable
employment experience and extensive knowledge working with vulnerable adults
with challenging behaviours in the field of the healthcare sector in the last
10 years in the UK. I am responsible for caring for clients and service users
in almost all aspects of their daily lives. I undertake a range of duties by
offering personal care and interaction, administering medication and assisting
by providing clients with emotional support, leisure activities such as going
on day trips and preparing and serving food. Working with old people has
greatly improved my confidence when dealing with clients and has boosted my
communication skills effectively and helped me to be more compassionate and
friendly. Having patience, tolerance and empathy are important elements to be a
successful Nurse.

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As a hardworking, meticulous and dedicated person, with a
strong track record of working in the healthcare sector, I believe that I have
the necessary skills to make an excellent mental health nurse. I fully
understand nursing is much more than a profession, but a way of Life which
includes Lifelong learning, dedication, intuitive, reassuring, possessing
excellent communication skills and having empathy for patients.  My unique encounters with elderly people with
learning disabilities led me to the nursing career.  While working at my last job as a Healthcare
assistance, working with the nurses on duty especially on the night shift have
made me have compassion for the elderly and vulnerable people which has
inspired me to pursue a degree in mental health Nursing.  Working within the health sector and being a
mother of two boys and a girl have made me learn the rewards of caring for
others and to be more reliable, trusting and able to develop relationships with
other people.  As a mother, I believe I
can adhere to the commitment the Nursing Profession requires.

 

The opportunity to study nursing in the United Kingdom would
fulfil my dream and ambition of improving and building on my skills. I believe
that the experience I have gained working as a carer since 2007 assisting
vulnerable adults with learning disabilities will help me in my study and
broaden my knowledge, skills and ability over the course of my study.

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