Boys and girls, it is official…
I HAVE COMPLETED INTERNSHIP!
So what does that mean? I can officially add the letters RD(t) after my name. The (t) meaning that I have temporary registration as a dietitian, as I cannot write my registration exam until November (they only sit 2 times per year). And in case you need proof I’m qualified to give out sound, evidence based nutrition advice, feel free to search me out here on the College of Dietitians of BC website.
Of course, I had to get through just one.more.placement before any of this could happen. The most important placement of all of internship – clinical staff relief. Where you really prove that yes, you can do the job. No big deal. No pressure. Yeah, that’s it.
Staff relief? Bring it!
My last placement found me back where my clinical experience began – at BC Children’s Hospital in Cystic Fibrosis. I won’t go into all the details about what Cystic Fibrosis is again, as you can read about it in this previous post. Instead I will just give you a little synopsis of my experience in staff relief. In a sense, it was pretty close to true staff relief. You see, the RD who is usually in this position was away for 5 weeks, which included all of my placement. Instead I had a casual RD for 4 hours a day to discuss patients, nutrition plans, and sign off on all of my notes. Maybe not ideal, but I was okay with that. Except…then I found out that RD had to go away for 10 days in the middle of my placement, so I had to page another RD if I had any questions and to sign off on notes. So I was on my own (almost) for 4 days (the DC Conference happened during this time as well). I had no choice but to step up and be independent.
As much as I had a few reservations about the whole situation in the back of my mind, it went great. I felt confident in my abilities as I saw both inpatients and outpatients. Heck, I even had a newborn on TPN (IV nutrition) the whole time I was there, and I was relatively confident with that as well (babies + TPN kinda freak me out a bit). It helped that my preceptor was awesome, even with her only being there part of the day, and the whole CF medical team was helpful and welcoming. I felt like I got into a groove during my time there…like it was my own position or something.
It helped that *someone* left me cute encouragement notes.
Of course, with the end of internship came final evaluations. Dun, dun, dun! Not gonna lie – as much as I was 99.9% sure I had passed, I was still a little nervous for the whole thing. I mean, what if they weren’t going to sign all my papers? What if they had horrible things to tell me? You just never know. But it was all good. Obviously I have areas I can grow, because we can always learn and improve our skills. But it was ultimately a positive evaluation, and I passed!
So…what do I do now? Great question! It was very weird to hand over my hospital ID and keys, as it signified the end of a major event in my life. I went home and was very melancholy over the whole thing, which I did not expect. I almost didn’t want to go out and celebrate with my fellow interns that night (whaat?!). It’s hard to put into words why. Maybe it was just my body, mind, and soul letting out a huge sigh of relief, and needing time to recoup from those 10 months?
I don’t currently have an RD job lined up like many of my fellow interns, but I’m okay with that. I’m not 100% sure what career path I want to pursue. I’m interested in doing something in public health/prevention/health promotion, but I don’t know what that looks like yet. I may also want to spend some time honing my skills in a clinical realm. But I think I need to step away for a little bit, think about what my ultimate career goals look like, and then get out there and work on achieving them. It definitely helps that I still have my job, and they have happily scheduled me for tons of hours, so I won’t become homeless while I figure out what I want Marianne Bloudoff, RD(t) to represent 😉
So yeah…that’s it. The end. Internship is over. And with that, so is my Insight Into Internship series. Unless I have some sort of amazing insight that I need to share – perhaps tips for future interns? Hmm…that doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea 😉
Share with me something you’ve accomplished lately that you are proud of – we all deserve to toot our own horns a little!