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My Journey

My journey to nursing wasn’t always planned and wasn’t a goal I have had since I was little. It has come from different experiences I have had throughout life, both personally and in different working environments. Prior to starting my nurse training I completed my Nurse Associate training; it was during this course and particularly towards the end that I decided I wanted to continue with my development and continue my training as a nurse, specialising in mental health.  Before starting my Nurse Associate journey I had worked and volunteered in numerous settings which included 6 months in Ghana as an on-call Firefighter, working in a children’s home, working in the scouts, college and as an on the streets youth worker. Each one of these has given me skills that I know will help me become a great nurse in the future.

My Highlights

This might sound a bit cliché but I wouldn’t say I have a particular highlight that stands out from my training so far, but more there are a series of moments including bathing someone for the first time, my first injection and a multitude of mini experiences that have all contributed to my nurse development.

My Advice

Don’t be afraid to take on new challenges and make mistakes (probably lots of them).  Whilst at uni we’re in a safe environment where we are supported to try new things without the expectation of being experts. The more experiences of pushing yourself and being out of your comfort zone, will ultimately benefit you in the long run.

I want to work...

Having worked in a children’s home and in different roles supporting young people, once qualified I want to work within a role where I can support young people’s mental health.

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