Nothing quite prepares you for your first week in your a clinical rotation, especially as someone not used to spending extended amounts of time in the hospital. I know that I have said this a lot throughout the program, but the level of exhaustion I experienced after just a few days was…shocking. Imagine being 100% on, soaking in a completely new and hectic environment, while also interacting with acutely and chronically ill patients. Whoo!
Clinical dietitians are incredible people, who expertly manage diverse caseloads. They have mastered the art of efficiency and accuracy, and as gracious as they are with their time and energy, it’s difficult to not feel like a burden as their intern
This past week, I felt slow. I recognize words – lab values, medical conditions, medications – but applying my classroom education to a fast-paced environment was overwhelming. I’m used to working as a team player – to distributing the workload evenly – to feeling like I’m helping. It’s challenging to step into a position that slows people down. I know that I will get faster at charting, I will feel more confident in making recommendations to nurses and doctors, I will feel more at ease talking with patients about their intake, output, and appetite, and I will feel more comfortable looking at list of medications and understanding their use and side effects.
But I’m impatient, and wanted to nail this right away. But that’s just funny talk.
I’ll be sure to share more insight as my internship progresses, including tips and tricks I’ve learned to help me feel more successful. In the meantime, wish me luck as I continue to absorb everything I can in the hospital setting, under the supervision of some of the best RD’s in Washington 🙂