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Painsley Catholic College has been celebrating former students who are now working on the frontline in the battle against Coronavirus. Each week a student is featured on a Thursday on the school's Facebook page to thank them for their hard work during these trying times.
Painsley Catholic College is very proud of all these former students, and wishes them all the best for their futures!
Former students featured to date include:
Siobhan left Painsley in 2009 and went on to gain a degree in Midwifery at Keele University before taking up a Midwifery post at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Siobhan says, “Working during the Coronavirus has been extremely challenging for all midwifery services. We have had to provide extra support to women and families during this anxious and uncertain time. Although there have been sadly lots of deaths due to the pandemic, there have been lots of deliveries of babies safely into the world! A Midwife means to be “with woman” and it has never been more appropriate to reassure and provide excellent care whilst facing the difficulty of PPE during a full shift. Women often want to remember your face, see your facial expressions during their labour. So we have made sure they remember us in other ways and this crazy time still remains a positive and special moment in their life!”.
On leaving Painsley, Hannah studied children’s nursing at Keele University. Now qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse, Hannah is currently Staff Nurse on the Children’s High Dependency Unit at The Royal Stoke Hospital. During the pandemic, her children’s intensive care unit was closed and reopened as an adult Covid-19 ITU where the children’s nurses had to care for ventilated coronavirus adult patients. They have successfully cared for all of these adult patients and, after just over a month, are now reopened as a children’s intensive care unit.
“My team are amazing and have supported me immensely since I started 18 months ago, I have learned so much from them. Covid-19 has changed the way we work for the foreseeable future but It’s part of our job to take each challenge in our stride. I can’t thank my former teachers at Painsley enough for providing me with great foundations in order to get to where I am today.” says Hannah..
Sammy is currently a 2nd Year student at Staffordshire University studying Adult Nursing. Sammy says "I am proud to be a student nurse! Please remember to share kindness and love during this difficult time, check on those around you that they are coping and are ok! Kindness costs nothing but can make a huge difference to someone's day!".
Georgia left Painsley in 2015 and then went on to Keele University where she gained a Degree in Adult Nursing. She currently works around Stoke-On -Trent supporting vulnerable patients in their homes and in residential care settings as she works towards becoming a District Nurse. She says, “Every teacher influenced me in so many different ways, I am proud to say my journey started at Painsley Catholic College. I would like to thank all of my teachers for their time and patience over the years. I wish all the staff (past and present) all the best for the future and I hope I will be seeing some of the current Painsley students out on the ‘frontline’ with me one day!”.
After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2018, with a degree in Children’s Nursing, Kate moved to London to start her career as a Children’s Nurse. She has now worked in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 18 months. "It has been a huge learning curve and the COVID-19 pandemic has bought extra challenges, however, the help of a supportive team and the appreciation the public have shown for frontline staff, makes my work all worthwhile." says Kate..