Personal Statement Learning Disability Nursing

I am eager to pursue a career within the nursing role, as from an early age I have had a desire to help others and in recent years I have been inspired by my educational experience and my place of work. I have a positive attitude, willing to provide the university course with a will to learn and have a self awareness when under pressure. I understand that this is a lifelong learning opportunity, which excites me.

Whilst my Grandmother was ill in hospital I saw first hand the determination and dedication it takes to be a nurse. To provide exceptional quality care I realise that enthusiasm, patience and reliability are all important qualities to have. Personally, I want to specialise within the learning disability area, as I believe I have those personal skills that it takes to successfully complete the course. I am also passionate about helping people develop the skills that are needed to lead a normal life and to fulfil ambitions like everyone else.

In relation to experience, four years ago I embarked on a vocational college course. Throughout the two years at college, my personal skills have flourished, both through practical and theoretical work, making me a hard working and adaptable individual. With my theoretical work, the knowledge I gained from modules helped not only my professional attitude during my practical work, but also situations since I finished college. As part of my course I had a variety of placements; five in total. One of which was a secondary special school. There I learnt how to communicate using Makaton sign language. This was definitely beneficial in the children's learning and helped me develop a better relationship with them. At the end of this placement I decided to pursue my final placement in a primary special school. There, I faced a lot more children with behavioural issues, which improved my diligence and how to observe and assess children's needs. My practical work also helped my development in providing age/ability appropriate activities, to overcome any learning barriers which were discovered during my individual child observations. Extending my experience further, I studied early years teaching for 1 and a half years. I chose this route as I wanted to extend my responsibility in making a difference to children. I thoroughly enjoyed my time training and meeting a range of different children and educational experts. However, on further reflection I wanted to pursue a more specific career in the learning disability care area, with people of all ages.

Since April 2010 I have worked at a large british attraction, where delivering excellent customer service is key to ensuring customers visit again. On a day to day basis I deal with large numbers of people, some of which are respite care groups. This has extended my understanding further in caring for others, especially in a non- familiar area; adults with learning disabilities.

Most recently, in my spare time I have taken up voluntary work at an Action for Children centre. I decided to do this to keep challenging myself in facing different situations and give something to my community. This includes me working with children of various ages and abilities. With the support worker I record how they progress with their learning and social skills every week. The activities are their choice and it gives the children more independence in making decisions and friends.

After my studies I hopefully plan to work within my local community, visiting patient's homes, adult education centres or schools, to help guide the vulnerable in leading a healthy and independent life in a world that can sometimes be threatening.

Universities Applied to:

  • Birmingham City University (Learning Disability) - Unconditional offer
  • Coventry University (Learning Disability) - Unconditional offer

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Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

I want to study nursing because I believe it will be the start of a long and successful career in working in the medical field. My goal is to work in operating theatres. I want to develop a set of skills which will stay with me for the rest of my life and kick start a career doing something I love. As with my current job, I enjoy and get a lot of satisfaction out of helping and serving others. Due to the financial implications of full time study, it always seemed something that would never be possible, but due to some inheritance it is now a very real possibility. I believe I have what it takes to complete this degree. Everything I start, I’m intent on completing. In 2009 I completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in health and social care. Included into this was NVQ3. Whilst completing this I learnt how to construct essays and case studies and to work towards a deadline. I am also a dedicated and committed husband and father of two, so undertaking a venture like this is not just about me, it’s also about the future of my kids and providing for my family.

For the last 7 years I have been working in learning disabilities, specifically Autism. Being part of such a team requires excellent teamwork and communication skills. Due to the nature of Autism, we are often faced with challenges that require out of the box thinking and good problem solving skills. I am often faced with challenging behaviours and have to be able to think on my feet and deal with a problem as it arises. I currently hold the responsibility of Health and Safety Executor and COSHH for my workplace. I have a good understanding and awareness of the risk and possibilities of cross contamination and the need to maintain excellent infection control. I am currently involved in the writing up of risk assessments and risk management strategies for the service users I work with. I also have responsibilities in administering medication and I am fully trained in the administration of emergency epilepsy drugs. I enjoy contributing to a pleasant and friendly working environment. At times I like to be funny and make people laugh. I enjoy contributing to staff meetings, team days and spending time with service user’s family and friends.

I enjoy playing squash and do so at league level. To play at a high level, a good deal of discipline and dedication is required. I enjoy the work and effort that goes into achieving my goals and with squash I like to push myself and set my goals so that I am always having to learn, adapt and continue improving. High levels of concentration help me to focus on the task at hand and hopefully help me to achieve my goal…to win..!!. Undertaking a degree in nursing will require similar skills and mindsets and I intend to link these skills and qualities with my studies and profession.
I want to develop myself in the medical field and I’m eager to grow, learn and be challenged. I find the advancement of technology and what we are capable of doing in this day and age fascinating, and I want to feel the satisfaction of doing something fulfilling and honestly believe this is for me

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