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You can find pictures of my final product in my previous post. It is a complete scrapbook. My project is important because it benefits the Care Center at Carlsbad By The Sea. When new nurses come in, they do not know anything about the patients here. Now, they can read the scrapbook and get an idea about the patients' lives and their likes and dislikes. To complete this project, I had to write interview questions, then interview all of the permanent residents, then compile pictures and put together the scrapbook. All in about three weeks.
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During my internship, I developed an appreciation for life. Seeing all of the patients with such positive attitudes really changed me. I never realized how far one smile or one laugh could go. I also appreciate school a lot more. I often found myself missing school during my internship. It was really nice to have 5 minute breaks every hour. And also move onto something else. It is really hard to work on the same thing for multiple hours at a time.
I saw many characteristics that I would like to inhabit for myself in my coworkers. They are all such friendly , patient people. It is important to get along with your co workers in this field because many of the jobs overlap and you rely on coworkers a lot. It is definitely a team effort. Everyone gets along well, which is what makes the team succeed. They are also all very selfless people.
I think I made a meaningful contribution to my workplace through my project. The directors and my mentor told me that when new nurses are sent in or when new residents come in, they don't know anything about each other. We thought, how can we fix this problem. That is when my project came about. This is meaningful because I am fixing a problem that Carlsbad by The Sea once had. Also, I know for a fact that all of the residents enjoyed getting interviewed. It makes them feel special. I am really excited to go around to each of the residents and read the scrapbook that I made to them. They will get to read not only about themselves, but their neighbors. It will create a sense of community.
After working here for almost a month, I have had time to reflect on my career and how my mind and goals have changed. I have realized that being a doctor or physician in this field is not for me. I now know, after following Dr. Given, that I do not have the patience, nor the desire to work 36 hour long shifts. I want to raise a family and have a social life, so becoming a doctor is just simply not for me. After shadowing Teri (RN, BSN) I have realized that I love what she does. She is helping people and she is appreciated. She has many friends here and she is more than just a nurse to all of the residents. She is a friend. I want to make a difference like Teri does. She does not work long hours, and she has a meaningful career.
I have always been interested in the medical field and here at Carlsbad By The Sea, I have been given the pleasure of following multiple career path opportunities such as charge nurses, CNA's, head nurses, directors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social services coordinators, and even doctors. I have gotten shadowing experiences all across the board. This experience has really opened my mind to all of the career opportunities with a medical degree.
As far as my studies go, I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. If anything, this experience has opened up another option but it did not narrow down anything. I do, however know for sure that I do not want to be a doctor. The doctor that I followed had no time for himself. He completed many years of schooling and now he works insane amounts of hours. I think that I have decided that I would rather have a social life and time to myself than have my career be my life.
So far, my internship is going great. I look forward to coming in everyday and I absolutely love the people that I work with. I advocate for myself daily in many different ways. One example is when I have a simple task like going to grab some coffee for a resident. When I cannot find the clean cups or the cream and sugar, I always ask someone to help me. I am not afraid of asking for help in order to complete the task that was given to me.
Another example, is when we first started planning out the project I was going to do, the staff had given me the option of either having them create the project for me, then I complete it, or I create my own project, propose it to them, then complete the project on my own. I decided that this was an opportunity to prove myself in this job, so I advocated for myself and I took the more difficult option, but also the most rewarding option. I then designed my own project and proposed it to them, and they were very impressed.
I have been following most of the advice in "how to be an intern that everyone remembers (for the right reasons)
But, there are a few things that I could be working on to me more valuable here.
1. always be doing something- I think I have this down pretty well but I do it in a different way than most. Here at Carlsbad by the Sea we have to obey the laws of HIPPA which pretty much prevents me from helping almost all of the employees because the work they do is confidential. So, when I have a minute or two to spare, I go visit with some of the residents. They are always happy to see me and they love the company I bring them whether it is reading to them, working on a puzzle, or taking them on a walk.
2. Don't go to a meeting without a notebook.- I always have my notebook on me, if not it is always somewhere close by. I have not had a use for it yet at a meeting, but ya never know so I will continue to bring it.
3. Get to know all your colleagues early.- I think I do a try good job of this. I interact with all of my coworkers daily and I would say that at this point I am on a first name basis with about 90% of them.
4. Show up on-time or early for everything- I think I do this very efficiently. I have never once been late to work and Whenever we have a meting time, I am always on time or even ten minutes early.
5.Dress more professionally than you think you need to.- This is something I could work on. I have to wake up so much earlier than I am used to and it is very hard for me to get ready and look professional in the mornings. I think I will start to set out my outfits before I go to bed so that I will not have to put as much effort in the morning.
That I am an RN and That I love my job. My education included an AA degree, then I had prerequisite science courses to take after that. Then I was accepted at Cal State San Marcos and went there for three years full time and earned my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree.
I am the charge nurse.
This is a rehab center as well as home to some long term residents. My main responsibility is to be an advocate for my patients and residents. Some of my duties include medication administration, dressing changes, following through on doctor orders, communicating with patients and families, hospice nursing, and making sure that the care center runs smoothly.
The fact that this job provides diversity in my field. I enjoyed my rotation in the
orthopedic area of the hospital. I am able to take care of residents as well as help the rehab patients regain their health and send them home. This is a beautiful setting to provide care. The patients, residents, and my coworkers are the reason I choose to stay here.
When I was 39 years old I was going to school to be a teacher and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I was going through chemotherapy I had the most amazing nurses taking care of me. I decided that that was what I wanted to do and I changed my career path. My friends and family thought I was crazy but I did it. Looking back it was the best decision I have made in my life, I have never regretted it. My mother and aunt are retired nurses, and my sister is a pharmacist.... It took cancer for me to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up.
Definitely! This is a field that offers so many options. It is never boring and very satisfying. If you get bored with the area of nursing that you are doing you can go into another area such as emergency room, operation room, labor and delivery, oncology, flight nurse, travel nurse, hospice nurse, home health nurse, the possibilities are endless.
I wish that I could have done an internship like the one you are doing. It is an eye opening experience. I wish I would have realized what a nurses job entails as I would have done this sooner.
It is very important. You need to have good communication skills with the patients and your co-workers. This is a very people oriented field and people skills is a must.
Continuing education is a must as the field of medicine is constantly expanding and changing. Other personality traits needed for this field include patience, caring, listening, critical thinking, and having good assessment skills.
My Internship Project can be explained through the project overview below and this presentation.