Our NHS Students 



The SU really values the work our NHS students are doing. We are really proud of them, we want everyone to know who they are and how they are contributing to the NHS and our student community. 


Shelby Blanchard  

Shelby has qualified early to start working at the Children's Ward at Ipswich Hospital. 




What are you studying? - I am in my third year of Child Health Nursing. 

What made you want to work for the NHS? - When I was younger I was admitted onto the local children’s ward during a difficult time and the nurses made a massive impact to my life. Their kindness and support gave me the courage I needed. Now I get to work alongside some of the same nurses! 

What do you do to cope with the current stresses of working for the NHS? - I am lucky to have a supportive network of family and friends as well as a supportive boyfriend. I am grateful to be part of the NHS family too, who support each other. 

What is your favourite part of the job? - My favourite part is being able to see the difference you make to people's lives, and to go home feeling like you have made an impact. We’re privileged to see families at what is sometimes the hardest time of their lives and get to support them through that.

Hardest part - The shifts can be difficult to maintain a healthy work life balance. It is also hard to not take certain things from a shift home with you, and to learn not to take everyone on your shoulders. 

Where do I see myself in 5 years - This is difficult, I want to be working in a local trust in the emergency department and would eventually like to work in Addenbrokes. 















Jessica Paul 


What NHS course are you studying/working for?

I am currently studying Paramedic Science and am currently working for a private medical company on their ambulances to support the coronavirus crisis.

What made you want to work for the NHS?

I always wanted to do something medical and to help people, the NHS is an amazing thing. No one should be unable to access help when they need it and I wanted to be there for people who really need someone.

What do you do to cope with the current stresses of working for the NHS?

I  admit I'm not great at this one but a good support network is key, especially when they're working with me so go through what I do. It's important to focus on the good parts and to remember that you're also never alone. You matter as much as the patients.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

I love the camaraderie of my profession, especially at the moment as I get to work with my cohort and the year below. Also simple things like when you make a scared patient smile, or hold the hand or a worried family member. Feeling like you actually helped someone.

What’s the hardest part of the job?

Keeping a calm non worried demeanor when inside you know that this patient is in serious danger. Trying to remain lighthearted when you're questioning everything you know, thinking could I have done anything different or better. All the what ifs.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, wow that seems like a lifetime away. Hopefully I'll still be on frontline ambulances but also starting to look into training/teaching people. Maybe move to New Zealand...who knows haha.