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I want to specialise in an illness. Is it okay to say that I have experience with the illness myself because the entry requirements say they prefer people to have experience in that field of care.
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What is this an interview for? A degree course? A job? Something else (apprenticeship perhaps)?

Ultimately the advice might vary a bit depending on exactly what it is your applying for, and what illness it is in question. Generally though in healthcare settings, it's important to remember that lived experience of some illness, or even caring for a family member/friend/spouse/etc with a given illness, isn't the same as caring for a complete stranger with it.

ecolier and/or Charlotte's Web might be able offer some insight into the matter?
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What is this an interview for? A degree course? A job? Something else (apprenticeship perhaps)?

Ultimately the advice might vary a bit depending on exactly what it is your applying for, and what illness it is in question. Generally though in healthcare settings, it's important to remember that lived experience of some illness, or even caring for a family member/friend/spouse/etc with a given illness, isn't the same as caring for a complete stranger with it.

ecolier and/or Charlotte's Web might be able offer some insight into the matter?
Don’t want to say it. But it’s a long term condition that I have had for many years. And there are nurses that specialise in it.
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What is this an interview for? A degree course? A job? Something else (apprenticeship perhaps)?

Ultimately the advice might vary a bit depending on exactly what it is your applying for, and what illness it is in question. Generally though in healthcare settings, it's important to remember that lived experience of some illness, or even caring for a family member/friend/spouse/etc with a given illness, isn't the same as caring for a complete stranger with it.

ecolier and/or Charlotte's Web might be able offer some insight into the matter?
It’s for a masters degree
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I would state that you have extensive previous experience with this illness so you understand all of the symptoms and effects that this illness has on a person and perhaps those around them?? It would show the uni that you do have complete understanding and perhaps could give you that little bit extra that others potential students do not have
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I want to specialise in an illness. Is it okay to say that I have experience with the illness myself because the entry requirements say they prefer people to have experience in that field of care.
having the disease does not count as experience in that field... however you can say it has helped you to develop empathy with the patients. not sure how relevant it is anyway
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having the disease does not count as experience in that field... however you can say it has helped you to develop empathy with the patients. not sure how relevant it is anyway
Sure but I already know lots about the disease. I just don’t know the biology explanation for it
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I would state that you have extensive previous experience with this illness so you understand all of the symptoms and effects that this illness has on a person and perhaps those around them?? It would show the uni that you do have complete understanding and perhaps could give you that little bit extra that others potential students do not have
believe me, telling academics you already understand everything does not normally play well...
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believe me, telling academics you already understand everything does not normally play well...
Not saying everything but I did have the disease for 23 years. Wouldn’t it be important to mention I have it too?
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Not saying everything but I did have the disease for 23 years. Wouldn’t it be important to mention I have it too?
stick to the empathy/drive/motivation line, whatever you do don't claim to understand things as a result - academics hate that sort of thing
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I want to specialise in an illness. Is it okay to say that I have experience with the illness myself because the entry requirements say they prefer people to have experience in that field of care.
There is nothing to stop you mentioning whatever you want in your interview but there are two key things to consider:
1. Whether you might come across as looking for sympathy or over-sharing. Some interviewers may not feel it is appropriate to share sensitive personal details about your health. You also don't want to appear to be using a sob story.
2. Having a disease and nursing people with a disease are two entirely different things. Being a patient is vastly different from being a nurse and a major red flag for interviewers is people who have had a disease and therefore think they will be good at nursing others with it. A common example is people who discuss their own childbirth experiences when applying for midwifery - your experience will be different from others' and having a baby does not qualify you to deliver one. While you will have developed knowledge and experience of the disease, you absolutely must demonstrate that you appreciate the difference and understand other people with the same disease may have different experiences.
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