Psychiatric Nursing Personal Statement

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As a teenager, my aunt once lived with us and I remember my dad said vividly “Aunty X is ill and will be with us for a little while, let’s provide her with all the necessary support she needs”, however; my dad never disclosed the type of ailment she was suffering from. I was home alone with my dad as my other siblings were already studying in the university. During the period of providing care, I observed some strange and unexplainable behaviour in her. For example, she left the stove on with nothing on it, she was observed to have poor concentration, and poor hygiene, talks to self and very suspicious of others.
However, on this fateful day, she left home with no one’s knowledge and she never returned till date. At that point my dad told me she was suffering from mental illness. This particular incident spurred my interest in mental health and mental illness. I researched intensively on mental illness, learning as much as I could about the treatment and prognosis. One of the steps of learning more about mental illness was to get admitted into school of nursing to study general nursing. During my practicum in the mental health unit and the exposure on theoretical courses offered, my curiosity in the area of psychiatric
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On that note, my stream of interest for masters in psychiatric nursing would be clinical practice. Having versatile knowledge in clinical psychiatric practice will enable me provide better recommendation to optimize care and make me more knowledgeable to better empower the clients in my care. This will also equip me with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude to make evidence-based decision. Furthermore, my knowledge on implementation of standardized models with evidenced based practice will be enhanced. I will be better equipped to be part of a team that provides client’s initial assessment, making recommendations and providing follow-up
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