Mental Health Nursing Personal Statement

Topics: Psychology, Psychiatry, Health care Pages: 2 (662 words) Published: August 20, 2013
I have always been interested in psychology and the study of human behaviour, particularly as it relates to mental illness. I did psychology both for A' Level and for my degree, and I particularly enjoyed the aspects of the courses relating to the understanding and treatment of mental illness. When I left university in 2007 with an upper second class degree, I did consider pursuing a career in clinical psychology but decided at that stage to pursue full-time employment instead of engaging in further studies. Having worked in an office environment for a number of years, I have realised that I would prefer to be working in a more rewarding role and I believe I can find this in mental health nursing. I have a passion to provide care and support to those with mental illness, to get them to better health, and a desire to help address the stigma that is still often attached to mental illness. I have had extensive discussions with two of my friends who have undertaken nursing degrees and feel I would be energised by the challenges of the role i.e. working long hours in a demanding setting, to tight deadlines, and in a constantly changing environment.

At the end of the course I would ideally like to pursue work in a Children and Adolescent mental health services(CAMHS) unit as I have enjoyed my voluntary experience working with children and seeing the difference that positive intervention can make to their lives.

I have worked for Capita for the past few years as a project management consultant within the NHS. During this time I have developed some key skills including: time and budget management, report writing; an understanding of the mental health sector, as I have worked for several mental health Trusts including Avon and Wiltshire Mental Heath Partnership NHS Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I have undertaken clinical planning for healthcare units and was always particularly interested in the drive to increase the...
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