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Alisha Carter

Alisha Carter, 21, from Richmond, is currently working as an aspirant nurse on the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital

Alisha Carter
  • Age: 21
  • Where are you from? Richmond

I wanted to stay relatively close to home so was ecstatic when I got offered a place to study for child nursing. I've had a really positive experience at Teesside.

Which course are you studying?

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Child)

What motivated you to want to get involved?

I felt a responsibility to opt-in to help during the Covid-19 pandemic. To be given this opportunity is an honour and I feel privileged to be able to do this and help others.

I have been extremely fortunate to be placed at the neonatal unit at James Cook. I am fortunate that I have already completed a nine-week placement on the unit, so I know the routine and the amazing team I am working with.

I had previously read in the news about the possibility of final year student nurses in their last six months to be given this option and it felt like it was something I should do. I feel really supported and very fortunate to work as part of an amazing team. Seeing the difference I make to families and parents bonding with their new-born babies really inspires me to do the best I can and provide high-quality care.

What brought you to Teesside University?

I have always known it is excellent for nursing and I was enlightened when I came to an open day. I felt welcomed by everyone and people were really helpful and happy to answer my questions. I wanted to stay relatively close to home so was ecstatic when I got offered a place to study for child nursing. I've had a really positive experience at Teesside.

What made you choose nursing?

I spent a lot of time in hospital as a child and witnessed the dedication of nurses and their caring and compassionate nature. Since then I have had a passion for paediatric nursing and have not regretted my decision one bit. Every placement I've completed has been brilliant and I can really see how much I have developed over the three years. Seeing the difference you make to families is extremely rewarding.