People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Elisha Hemans

I’m a third-year adult nurse student at the University of Birmingham. I’ve actually finished my nursing degree now.

I wanted to become a nurse because I think it’s a rewarding career, I also enjoy helping people. I enjoy nursing them back to good health. It’s nice to be part of a patient’s journey, y’know, when they become ill and then you’re part of the care. It offers a lot of variety. It’s a skill for life as well.

I’m not quite sure where I see myself yet but I am about to begin working in cardiology, that’s my first post. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it because I enjoyed my placement in cardiology in my second year. I’m hoping to either specialise in cardiology or - take it from there really.

I think I’d like to open my own nursing home - much, much later on! When I’ve got some more experience under my belt.

My parents are from the Caribbean, my father, is the one who’s more linked, I guess, to the Windrush Generation as he’s of that age group. Both of my parents are from Jamaica. My father came over here when he was nineteen? Nearly twenty? Yeah I think he spent his twentieth birthday here.

My mother came over when she was fifteen and she’s actually a health care assistant in the NHS. She’s been in the job for nearly 20 years now as well so maybe her enjoying her job has influenced me to take up nursing.

My mom speaks highly of the National Health Service, it was her first job when she first came over and she always speaks highly of it, so they must be doing something right!

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