My Recent Clinical Experience

I just finished another semester!  This time it was 1st semester students. I have to say this is by far my favorite group of students! 

When students who have never stepped foot in a hospital come their first clinical day they are so incredibly nervous.  To watch them transform and become more and more comfortable is such a wonderful experience for me as their instructor.  I also remember that feeling like it was yesterday! To have a clinical instructor that makes you feel at ease is so important. I did not have that experience. And I wish I did!  I know for me that I would have learned much more if I was comfortable, but unfortunately I was so concerned about making my clinical instructor mad that I couldn’t relax and enjoy the journey. 

I recently saw a post on Facebook stating that in 2011, the BSN degree had been entered into the Guiness Book of Records as one of the hardest degrees to obtain. I am not sure if this is accurate, but I must say from personal experience that it sure felt that way. With that said, the last thing nursing students need is a clinical instructor that is not supportive! 

Our clinical experience this semester was a tough one! We were on a unit where the nurses were very cold, unwelcoming, and even “mean” to a degree!  I could only imagine if my students had a clinical instructor like I did my first semester – what a horrible experience that would have been! I worked hard to try to salvage their experience and hoped they gained some positives from it.  On a funny note, I asked my students what did they want to do as a “Thank You” gift to the unit for having us?  I suggested making a collage “What is a Nurse?” I suggested we could use words like ‘Kind’ ‘Helpful’ ‘Caring’ ‘Supportive’ etc. I lovingly called it “my shame board idea”.  My students laughed, but decided to buy them a thank you card and some donuts.  I was kind of joking but I really wanted these nurses to know what a real nurse is!  Don’t get me wrong all the nurses on the floor weren’t like this, but the majority were, and it made it a very uncomfortable experience for us as a whole. 

I wrote this blog for two reasons:

1.  To bring awareness to this problem

2.  To inform students that nurses may try to eat their young but you will meet someone who won’t let them!

What kind of nurse are you?   Or what kind of nurse do you want to be? 

Be Inspired,

Lisa Marie Walsh


Nursing Options – What Do I REALLY Want To Do?

Some nursing students/new graduates are perplexed with all the many options, and specialty areas in the  nursing field. Here is a suggestion on how to figure out want you want to do. 

Try journaling, it can help you. It is a very powerful tool!

Buy a journal and start writing down your clinical experiences. Write about what you don’t like and what you love! This is important because sometimes we can lose track of what we love when the things we don’t like seem to be abundance. 

Here is 4 very important questions to ask yourself: 

1. Why Did I Chose Nursing?

When trying to decide where you want to work it’s very important to know you Why? Think about your why! Why did I chose nursing?

2. What do you hope to accomplish during your career? 

Global impact? Local impact? 

3. Who has inspired you the most in school? In your life?

Family member, a friend, a nurse?

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Married, kids, single, traveling? 

In a hospital setting working 3 twelves? In a clinical 5 days a week? Night shift? Travel nursing? 

There are many exciting areas of nursing! And I wanted to do them all!! But I had to ask myself these questions. When I evaluated these things I found my answers. I am a educator, and I work in the psychiatric nursing field as an NP. My 2 passions! (I narrowed it down to 2, lol). Then I made my choices in jobs to fit my dreams! 

Living the dream!!