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Kay Norris

Blyth, UK

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care

Kay Norris had always wanted to be a paramedic and knew she would have to get a degree to achieve this. She attended an Open Day at the University of Sunderland to find out more about the BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care course and was impressed by the facilities and the hands-on approach. Now in her final year, she is looking forward to graduating and hopes to progress to a Trauma Paramedic role in the future.

Before university I was working as a support worker, supporting clients who had acquired spinal or brain injuries. I always wanted to be paramedic and decided to attend an Open Day at the University of Sunderland before applying. I was very impressed with the facilities and the fact the course offered a lot of hands-on experience – plus the tutors were all paramedics with real-life experience which they could share with us.

My favourite part of the course is the clinical placements. I have gained a vast amount of experience from different scenarios while being out on placement as well as different disciplines including theatres and A&E. My cohort were unlucky that our second-year placements were cancelled during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, but our tutors did their best to keep us up to date and on track through virtual sessions. Luckily, we currently are on schedule for final year placements to go ahead, fingers crossed. Outside of university I also work as a Nursing assistant which I signed up to during the Covid-19 lockdown. The skills and knowledge I have gained from university have assisted me greatly in this role, from communicating with patients, diagnostic testing and understanding health conditions.

I am looking forward to graduating next year – my future goal would be to get a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and progress to a Trauma Paramedic.”

Published 12 October 2020

Read more about Kay, including how she put her skills into action after witnessing a road crash.

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