Shelby Luchsinger: Student Nurse
Close to the end of her studies, Shelby Luchsinger shared her takeaways from her experience in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program and lessons learned for aspiring students.
From an early age, Shelby Luchsinger knew she would pursue a career that enabled her to empower others to overcome the inevitable barriers presented by life. “Once I began to explore the theoretical underpinnings of nursing, specifically, critical social theory, I knew I was in the right place.” As Luchsinger reflected on her education, she shared that she wishes, “the value of the learning process, as opposed to graded outcomes, had come to me sooner. Sometimes it's the most rudimentary and simplistic aspects of the care we provide that make the most meaningful impact.”
Nursing education programs are designed to challenge students because of the integral role nurses play in the health care system, but it is clear that every educator, placement and client inspired Luchsinger. “In the past four years, I have been surrounded by educators and clinical leaders dedicated to the profession. Their insight and passion have inspired me to follow my own,” said Luchsinger. “Additionally, I have had the privilege to work with clients across the lifespan and in varying contexts that serve as a reminder to continually question and improve on the systems, environments, and delivery of care in our province.”
Now gearing up to enter the profession as a new nurse, Luchsinger noted that before she entered the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program, several individuals commented on the “endless opportunities” nursing would provide her. “And it's true,” noted Luchsinger. “We see nurses working in many capacities and contexts across the lifespan. Although I can appreciate the statement, the sentiment for me remains in the fact that, as nurses, we approach health and wellbeing with a holistic lens and do not take the complexities of life for granted.”
Thinking about the next generation of students entering nursing school, Luchsinger shared the most important thing to do is breathe. “Take your time; it's not a race. Your actions will inspire others, not your title. Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself and have fun,” shared Shelby. “I am just eager to get started on this next chapter, and to explore what area of nursing I feel suits me best,” concluded Shelby.