Hard to believe I have been at my internship an entire month! The time is really flying. During this past month, I have really learned a lot and helped kids and their families cope during their hospital stay. For example, I have helped patients with Asthma treatments, stiches, blood draws, IV starts, Psych visits, and guided a small child through a dog bite who came into the ER. The patient was such a trooper.
For this patient I used bubbles as a good distraction and relationship builder. While the child engaged with the bubbles, I explained to mom and dad who I was and what my role was at the hospital. While playing with a bubble app on the I-pad a medical student came in to irrigate the wound. This allowed me to tell the child that it was going to be cold, but to keep looking at the I-pad, which by than I had a Dora the Explore episode playing.
As I prepped the patient, I realized God has me in the right field. Many take part in internships (for any major) and realize that is not what they want to do. I am blessed and so thankful I am in the right line of work.
I have even been told that I have been the best person that a family has met since being at the hospital. Or being told by a patient’s mother that I have really made a difference within their child’s hospital stay (i.e. different activities and taking the time to engage with the patient). Or having another patient’s mother tell me that I did an excellent job with her child, and that it showed that I love working with children.
All the experience I have had (so far) has really made a good internship. Because of that, I can go into a room and be confident, be knowledgeable and be a smiling face to a family who may be going through a tough moment in their lives.
I can’t wait to see where the next 10 weeks takes me! Within that time, I will learn, grow and I am certain the time will elapse quickly!
Until Next Time!