My journey to adult nursing

Kira Price-Dixon

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

9 March 2018

Hello all! My name is Kira and I am an adult nursing student at ARU. I live in Chelmsford and I am heavily involved with the University as a student ambassador and now a digital ambassador for our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education.

I had always considered nursing as a career choice but I was never sure how I would cope with the responsibility and skills required to be a nurse. Because of this, after I left college, I decided to go into work before I figured out exactly what career path I wanted to follow. 

After getting work experience, I decided that nursing was the career for me. I loved working as a healthcare assistant but I felt limited in what I could actually do for patients.

I chose nursing because there are so many different specialties and room for progress, and I would be able to help people through some of the most difficult and vulnerable periods in their life.

I first applied for the nursing course in January 2016 through clearing. I initially was going to apply for the September cohort, but on a trip to the University Open Day discovered that there was also a March cohort. As I already had my qualifications, I decided I might as well start six months sooner. I had been working as a healthcare assistant in emergency medicine prior to starting the course, and the experience I gained there made me want to progress further in my career. With the help of some friends who were already at university, I wrote a personal statement and applied.

Around two weeks after applying I received an email inviting me to do a maths and English test. I was feeling nervous about the maths test as it had been two or three years since I had done any maths at school. However, both the maths and English tests were quite straightforward and were just a reflection to show you can write in English and do basic arithmetic which you will need for drug calculations anyway.

The day after I was informed I had passed the tests and was invited in for an interview. My knowledge gained from working in healthcare already helped me to answer questions. I received my unconditional offer in February and started the course at the end of March.

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