Mental Health Nursing is, in my opinion, one of the most
emotionally fulfilling and rewarding careers. I have always admired nurses and have
felt in awe of them for as long as I can remember. My Great Grandmother was a
Red Cross nurse during WW2 and her caring nature played an important role in my
childhood. As I grew up, and realised that being unwell wasn’t just a physical
thing, I became interested in what mental illnesses entailed and how they could
be managed and treated. I am very passionate about mental health and feel that
some mental health problems are still very much misunderstood in today’s
society. Breaking down the stigma
surrounding mental health problems is something I feel strongly about. In the
United Kingdom alone it is believed that approximately 1 in 4 people will
experience a mental health problem each year.
Mental Health Nursing is a very demanding, yet rewarding career
and I believe that I have the skills necessary to succeed in such a career.
Helping and caring for others have always been things that I enjoy, even from a
very young age. This stems from the fact that I have a much younger brother,
whom I spend a lot of time with, and I have proactively helped my parents nurture
and raise him. Understanding other people’s perspectives and empathising with
them is something that has always come quite naturally to me. The ability to remain calm and composed in
any situation has always been one of my most noticeable and prominent traits.
Being able to remain calm in a stressful situation is important when pursuing a
career in Mental Health Nursing.
Whilst in school, I have volunteered to help the younger
pupils improve their reading skills during my time in Year 12. During these
sessions, I would listen to a pupil from my school read and would ask them
questions about what they have read. This was a rewarding experience as by the
time we had finished the sessions for the year, the pupils’ reading skills had
greatly improved. By doing this I also gained experience of working with
children of different abilities and ages, which is something I will face as a
nurse. Whilst I was doing my GCSEs I also gained work experience at a local
crèche where I worked with children aged between 6 months and 4 years of age.
These experiences made me even more motivated to study Mental Health Nursing as
it made me realise how much I truly enjoy helping and caring for others.
Outside of my academic studies, I enjoy baking, photography,
going for walks and looking after my little brother. When I was working in a
shop last year I would constantly encounter people of all ages and backgrounds
and I was able to talk to all the customers in a polite, respectful and
understanding manner. This was a useful skill to learn and develop as in a
career like Mental Health Nursing I will constantly meet people of different
ages and backgrounds. Numeracy was also a vital aspect of my job as I had to
count large quantities of money. This was a big responsibility that I was able
to handle competently and it shows that I am very trustworthy.
I am looking forward to being able to improve both my
theoretical and practical knowledge of Mental Health Nursing by attending your
university. As my numeracy and communication skills have always been of a very
high standard I am certain that I will be able to harness the demands of this
Upon completion of this course I would like to be a Mental
Health Nurse specialising in working with children and adolescents.
I look forward to discussing my hopes and aspirations with
you in person.