Bloggers Corner #6 – Claire Carmichael

Follow Claire’s journey to practice nursing, in both an insightful blog and vlog. In her own words: “My name is Claire Carmichael, 34 years old and I am a student nurse (adult field). This is my next three years at university ‘eeeee how exciting!?!’ I would love to hear from other students on your experiences too, lets  share stories, tips and advice. Also if you aren’t health related, but are interested, give me a follow and a read.”

Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to motivate other student and qualified nurses around me. There is so much negativity around nursing and people are slowly becoming deflated. I wanted to bring that passion back to people’s hearts. I also wanted to share all the great knowledge and information I learn along the way to help other students out. However, I found my real passion for blogging when I started my placement in general practice and I wanted to shout about it through every method I could find to show other students how amazing it was.

How long have you been blogging for?

Around 1 and a half years.

What do you hope to achieve through your blog?

To motivate others and to encourage more students into this wonderful nursing profession. I’m so passionate about general practice nursing (GPN) that I wanted to motivate and inspire others into this wonderful career. Along with erasing some of the myths that you hear around GPN’s

Has anything surprised you since you started?

I was surprised by how many people have read my blogs! I NEVER thought I would ever reach 2000 in one month. The blog I had the most interaction with was the general practice blogs too. I was shocked by the amount of people that I had encouraged to look into this role.

How do you publicise your blog? Which channels are the most helpful?

I have my own blog site, which I share the link to my social media pages; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We also have a site called Crowdicity where I share my blog posts.

What keeps you going with it?

I absolutely love it. I couldn’t give it up. To know that I have made a difference to others and encouraged / inspired students to look into this amazing career within GP motivates me every day.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to inspire others. I have some vlogs and blogs about the role of the GP Nurse coming out too. Once I qualify next year I will be showing what transitioning from student nurse to qualified nurse is like.

Any tips for colleagues who may be thinking about blogging?

Just start writing and don’t look back. Also don’t compare yourself to others, blogging is a very individual thing and write from the heart.

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