Here we go with the second (of many) instalments of Insight Into Internship – a brief look at all of the fun/interesting/random things I have experienced in learned in each placement. This instalment will be from my first placement in my Clinical I rotation.
Last week I completed my first clinical placement of my dietetic internship – 3 weeks with the Cystic Fibrosis dietitian at BC Children’s Hospital. I was excited to get started in my clinical rotation so I could finally start working with patients and developing my RD skills. I was only somewhat familiar with Cystic Fibrosis before starting. We had spent a bit of time on it in school, but it wasn’t a condition I felt overly confident in my knowledge. Fortunately, I had a great preceptor and felt that at the end of my 3 weeks I had really gotten to know a lot about the condition, the treatment/management of the disease, and how nutrition and RD’s can play such a vital role in these patient’s every day lives. Cystic Fibrosis is a fairly intense condition to manage, and can really take a toll on the family, but these children can live long, fulfilling lives.
It was my first real experience in dealing with children, which I was a bit apprehensive about. I wasn’t sure how the dynamics would work, how communication with the patients and family would be, and if I was even suited to work as an RD in a children’s hospital. But it was great – I can see how working with children can be so rewarding, because your goals are to ensure they grow and develop to their potential. So different from an adult population. I’m a little sad that I won’t be back for rotations at BC Children’s Hospital now for a few months.
Aside from working on my charting and counselling skills, I also got to do a variety of interesting things:
- Attend rounds with the entire CF team (doctors, residents, physio, social workers, nurses, etc)
- Go to the “CF Graduation Clinic” for our 18 year olds transferring to adult care
- Become very comfortable asking patients/their parents about the frequency/consistency of their bowel movements (RD’s talk a lot about poop)
- Attend a nutrition symposium at the convention centre downtown while the whole area was under lockdown due to a man with a gun in a nearby hotel
- Teach a new mom how to mix a specialized formula for her baby over the phone
- Meet some very interesting, diverse families and get some insight into family dynamics when faced with managing a chronic condition
I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into my clinical rotation, but it was awesome. Some days I felt awkward and unsure of myself, some days I was mentally exhausted, but my preceptor was always there to support me and give me feedback. When the last day of my rotation came, I was sad to leave. Alas, it was time to move on to learn some more skills and about other conditions…
And now for your random photo of the day!
Mom sent me home with a winter vegetable care package tonight – what should I make first with this bounty? Soup, stew, roasted veggies…thoughts?
If you would like more information on Cystic Fibrosis, please check out Cystic Fibrosis Canada.