01 March 2016
By Rosie Watt – Year 13
Rosie Watt- Year 13- Nursing
I am currently studying my final year of my A Levels, this includes: Psychology, Applied Science, Health and Social Care and Extended Project (EPQ).
From a young age I was aware of the career in which I wanted to do when I was old enough to do so. I was lucky enough to be able to have the support from my family and friends to be able to fulfil my dreams of becoming a nurse. I am still working towards this goal; however each day I am getting closer to going off to university to complete my education to do this job.
I knew that I would have to concentrate and work hard at school to get the grades that I need to be able to go into university. I have had support from my teachers within school to help me get the best grades possible so that I can carry on with my career goal of becoming a nurse. If I was unsure about anything from the lesson, I would go and speak to the staff member to get it explained to me so that I was able to carry on with my work to achieve my ultimate goal.
Throughout the last 18 months I have volunteered at Eden Valley Hospice; where I have been able to prepare myself for a future and to gain vital experience working in a multidisciplinary team as well as hands on care for the patients. Working with the patients and the staff members has opened my eyes to how quickly a situation can change. Having the experience has helped me to gain confidence in a health care setting and to build on my skills before I set off to university.
To get into university I had to go through a specific process for the course; this included an individual interview at the university. Preparing for the interview was vital, the university will ask you to bring with you originals and photocopies of any certificates that you have but also a form of identification such as your passport or birth certificate. Realistically they could ask you on anything based about the course; this means that you have to know about the course and possibly any changes that have been made in the last few years. Having a look for news articles also helped me in the interview because it was relevant to the course but the event may have also happened recently.
Knowing your knowledge of the area helps to show that you have done your research about the university it’s self. Using the university’s website I was able to look up the different health care setting which I could be chosen to do my placement on; doing this allowed me to access information that I could use in the individual interview to enhance my knowledge.
As well as an individual interview there was also a group interview; this was to show our team work skills but also our communication skills. Within nursing you don’t just work with nurses, you also work alongside doctors and OT’s this is called multidisciplinary teams, which can range from 3 health professionals to as many that may be needed.
For my application for nursing you also have to undertake a maths and English test; these were pretty simple although having not done 2 years of English and maths specifically, i took it upon myself to go over and do a bit of revision so I could do the tests.
Finally you also have to undergo a DBS check; this is done by the university, taking information from the certificates and identification that you have provided as a photocopy for their records. Having a DBS check is fine; this just proves that you have no criminal records and that you are safe to work with vulnerable patients.
By Rosie – Yr 13