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'Only we set the limits of our careers'


Pavel writes about what inspired him to study nursing

Hello everyone, I am Pavel and welcome to my blog.

I am privileged to write for about what it is like to be a student nurse in these challenging times, the experience we learn, the challenges we encounter on our clinical placements, and also in everyday life as students.

I would like to introduce myself first and tell you a little bit about myself, and how I ended up where I am today, on the path to become a registered nurse.

It all started at the beginning of 2008.

I had just lost my partner, the love of my life, and consequently my job followed as well as I could not focus and keep smiling and pretending like nothing had happened. It was while I was contemplating what path and career I would like to choose for myself that would make me happy and feel the fulfilment and satisfaction of helping others, when I decided to work in healthcare.

By finding a suitable program at the Job Centre that focused on people like me getting back to work, I managed to secure a job opportunity as a healthcare assistant at a large teaching hospital. From the first moment of starting the job I knew this was the job I had been longing for my whole life. It was a continuous learning cycle from day one, and I loved it.

Through hard work, determination and with the help of my manager, colleagues, and a great mentor, I earned my National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 within the required time limit and become a qualified healthcare assistant.

A short while after, I was given the opportunity to apply for a secondment to a nurse training programme, where a hospital sponsors their employees to achieve higher education and progress with their careers.

I became a nursing student in September 2009 and now I am entering my third year at my university. Not only did I manage to get to this point of my career by hard work and studying,  I also transferred from the diploma to a degree program in my final year.

So no matter where you come from, any kind of hardships or obstacles you have to get through, when you find the job you always wanted to do that makes you feelhappy and appreciated, than you find yourself on the same path as the rest of us.

It is the path we are all working towards, the path towards becoming a registered nurse. And for some of us, a senior sister or a manager, or even a position higher on the ladder, who knows.

Only we set the limits of our careers.

Pavel Vit is a third year student nurse at Imperial College.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I am a first year at the grand old age of 47. Circumstances halted my career for a long time but now i, like you am doing something i love. Good luck in your career.

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  • really inspirational. I have been qualified for 10 years and within that time topped up my Diploma to Degree despite the obstacles and responsibilities around my personal life I am leaping forward and starting my MA in January. So the sky is the limit. All the best in your career

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