A student nurse is to start work early to help the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alisha Carter, 21, from Richmond, is a final-year student nurse at Teesside University.
The former Richmond School and Sixth Form College pupil, who completed her A-levels in 2017, is in her final year of a training to be a student paediatric nurse.
Alisha volunteered to help on the front line during the Covid-19 crisis and has been deployed to the James Cook University Hospital where she is working as a Band 4 aspirant neonatal nurse.
Alisha is in her last six months of study and is due to qualify in September.
She said she jumped at the opportunity to help and is delighted with her new role.
Alisha said: “During my second year, I found a passion for neonatal nursing.
“Seeing the difference you make to families is extremely rewarding and I quickly realised this is the area where my heart is. I have been extremely fortunate to be placed at the neonatal unit at James Cook for my extended placement.
“It has all happened very quickly and after a full-day induction I started my clinical shifts.
“It is very exciting, but quite daunting too however, I am fortunate that I have already completed a 9-week placement on the unit, so I know the routine and the amazing team I am working with.”
Caroline Dawson, Richmond School lead teacher for health and social care, said: “I taught Alisha health and social care at GCSE and A-level.
“She learned to use her initiative and developed independence and resilience throughout her sixth-form studies.
“I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to support and influence Alisha and I am immensely proud that she is stepping up to help in the fight against Covid-19. I know she will quickly become a valued part of the neonatal team.”
Alisha said she was looking forward to returning to Richmond Sixth Form College to share her experiences of nursing and mentor students who are considering a profession in healthcare.