Shout out to Lisa McCarthy, RN Clinical Manager, Behavioral Health for presenting to the students at Minuteman High School in Lexington MA as part of their ‘Health Assisting Program’!
This program prepares students to be CNAs, EKG technician, phlebotomist and basic EMTs.
Nicole Copithorne, RN, Health Assisting Instructor, assisted Lisa as she spoke to students about her background and education, how she got into nursing, the role of a psychiatric nurse and the importance of mental health.
What was initially supposed to last thirty minutes, took over an hour with all the great questions from these students – Lisa expanded on what she loves most about being a nurse, what her clinical rotations consisted of, mental health unit scheduling, education for patients and medication management.
Overall, Lisa stressed to the students what a blessing it is to be able to have patients share their stories with you and to be able to make a difference. She told them the number one thing to remember is that if you were the mental health patient, or your best friend, or your mother or your child – how would you like to be treated and to carry that forward in your job, always.
Thanks for sharing Lisa!