Following a career path in nursing with RGU’s inspirational teaching

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RGU student Yvonne decided to go into nursing after spending time in the intensive care unit when her dad caught COVID. Having always had the drive to advocate for others, she was inspired to study Adult Nursing at RGU by our promotional video showcasing the highs and lows of a career in healthcare.

Learn more about her nursing journey and her experience studying at RGU in this blog.

My path into nursing

Growing up, I earned the unofficial title of “Esquire” as I was practically the spokesperson for my siblings anytime they got into trouble. Even though I was the youngest, I would always advocate for them, but also for anyone I felt wasn’t treated fairly. With this, everyone in my family was convinced I would be a lawyer, including myself. However, life took a surprising and interesting turn, but still made use of my passion for advocacy.

 Advocacy isn’t confined to courtrooms. In nursing, it’s imperative to speak up for your patients and their families and carers to optimise care, so I guess “potato, potahto”.

After spending over a month in the intensive care unit with my dad during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, working alongside the dedicated nurses who cared for him, I discovered an unexpected calling within me. Witnessing the nurses’ compassion, skill, and tireless dedication, I realised that I, too, had the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Just two weeks after my dad was discharged, he encouraged me to consider a path in nursing as we had some discussions about going back to school prior to his admission. This marked the beginning of my beautiful journey of studying BSc Adult Nursing at RGU.

Why I chose RGU

Reflecting on my school application journey, I applied to three schools in the UK, including RGU, and was fortunate to receive offers from all. However, my heart had already whispered its decision before my interview with RGU, thanks to a poignant moment that left a lasting impression.

This decision stemmed from a video RGU shared with applicants titled “This is Healthcare”. It wasn’t your typical promotional clip; it was a raw and emotional portrayal of the life of nurses, and other healthcare professionals, capturing both the triumphs and tribulations of their professions. Watching that video was a powerful experience. Despite showcasing the inherent challenges of nursing, it fuelled my motivation even more, forging a unique connection with RGU.

This emotional connection with RGU became a driving force for me. It was a testament to the University’s commitment to transparency, showing the realities of nursing in a way that resonated with me on a personal level. This emotional tug, coupled with my admiration for RGU’s state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities, affirmed everything.

To me It wasn’t just about securing a place; it was about joining a community that understood the essence of nursing and inspired me to excel in my journey.

My experience studying Adult Nursing at RGU

Embarking on this course has been a whirlwind of growth and discovery, but if I were to pinpoint one that truly stands out, it would undoubtedly be the remarkable support I received from the Practice Learning Teams during my recent placement.

Placements, as we all know, can sometimes be a rollercoaster of emotions, daunting and occasionally lonely. Yet, the RGU Practice Learning Teams shattered this perception for me. With their unwavering support, it felt like they were just an email away, ready to navigate any challenges alongside me.

A particular instance etched in my memory was when unexpected issues arose during my placement. To my surprise, the teams handled the situation with utmost professionalism and care. The genuine interest they took in resolving the matter left me in awe. At that moment, I not only felt seen and heard but also reassured that the support promised before placement wasn’t just a formality, they genuinely meant it.

It’s experiences like these that make me appreciate the collaborative and supportive environment at RGU, turning what could have been a stressful situation into a testament to the University’s commitment to its students.

What’s in store for the future

Looking ahead, I see myself embracing the diverse facets of nursing, from bedside practice to community engagement. I aim to continually refine my clinical skills, foster a deep understanding of healthcare nuances, and actively contribute to innovative solutions within the nursing field.

I envision an international dimension to my career as I am eager to explore opportunities to practice nursing in diverse global settings, understand different healthcare systems, and enrich my cultural competency. By embracing the challenges and rewards of nursing in various countries, I aim to contribute to the global healthcare landscape and broaden my perspective as a compassionate and adaptable healthcare professional.

A few words of wisdom

To all the future RGU nursing students out there, I’d say, dive into this journey with your whole heart! Trust me, you’re in excellent hands, and I’m confident you won’t regret a moment of it.

For our international pals eyeing this exciting adventure, let me assure you, it’s absolutely worth it. But here’s a nugget of wisdom: if you’ve got the chance to kickstart your journey through The International College RGU (ICRGU), grab it with both hands! It’s a fantastic way to smoothly ease into the entire RGU experience.

So, whether you’re local or flying in from halfway across the globe, my biggest piece of advice is simple: go for it! Here’s to an incredible journey ahead. ALL THE BEST!

Yvonne Amanimaa

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