EP 209: Being a Clinical Instructor and Healthcare Couples With Lindsey Mcniff

EP 209: Being a Clinical Instructor and Healthcare Couples With Lindsey Mcniff

Being a clinical instructor in nursing school is rewarding. We’ve all had our favorite clinical instructors while we are in nursing school. Most of them are nurses who became teachers helping student nurses become the best future nurses.

But how different is being a teacher of nurses from being a nurse? And how can nurses become clinical instructors? If you are a nurse and considering the role of an educator, this episode is for you. 

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Lindsey Mcniff. Lindsey is an ex-travel nurse now working in nursing education. Her background includes telemetry, medical-surgical, stepdown, and cardiac cath lab.

She is currently a clinical nurse educator, professor, and clinical instructor.

We talk about dating in healthcare, transitioning from bedside to education, and we offer some advice every nurse should hear. 

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions, and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Please give us a brief background about yourself and your nursing experience. 
        • What made you decide to get into travel nursing?
  2. What’s the role like of a clinical instructor? How is it different from regular bedside? 
        • What are some common themes nursing students struggle with?
        • What advice can you give nursing students struggling in clinical or just finding it difficult? 
        • What education do you need to become an instructor?
        • Calendly – “In my experience with nursing students, the ages can range from 18 to 50 years old as nursing is an extremely popular career. The younger students typically need more conservations around maturity and professionalism whereas older students may come with enhanced wisdom and forget to proceed new challenges with caution that some younger learners possess.”
  3. What are some of your favorite aspects of being a clinical educator?
  4. How is it working as a healthcare couple?
        • What are some benefits of you and your fiance having a healthcare background?  
  5. What are some outdated nursing traditions that we need to break free from?
  6. Have you considered nursing as a second career? 
  7. What advice do you have for anyone trying to advance their nursing career?
  8. What is your current obsession? 


Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Links: IG: Lostwithlindsey

Be inspired and become a clinical instructor in this episode here 👇👇👇


00:00 Introduction
01:26 About Lindsey Mcniff
07:33 Travel Nursing as a couple
09:26 Tips For Dating In Healthcare
11:21 Preparing to Become a Travel Nurse with One Year of Experience
13:30 Transitioning from Bedside Nursing to Education
17:14 The Impact Of Compassion Fatigue
23:44 Mental Health and Self-Care for Bedside Nurses
27:59 Building Confidence And Friendships On The Unit
31:30 The Cohesive Diversity In Teaching New Grads
33:23 The Changes in Nursing Practices Over Time
35:54 The Outdated Nursing Traditions
40:49 Funny Moments During Nursing Orientation
44:22 Exploring Nursing as a Second Career
47:51 Advice For Nurses Considering Advancing Their Career
50:19 Wrapping up the show

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