I've been so incredibly busy lately with internship that I haven't been keeping up with posts, but come May that will change! Being a dietetic intern has been very challenging and I wanted to share a little bit about my experiences so far!
I knew this wasn't going to be a walk-in-the-park, but this has been a lot tougher than I thought, but not in the way I was expecting it to be. There are the early mornings and late nights, trying to work every second I'm not at the hospital, and the obvious... tremendous amounts of coffee!! I've unexpectedly been faced with quite a few negative experiences, but I've been trying my best to make them positive and learn from them. I have to journal about my experiences and all the things I'm doing, so I'm trying to focus on what I would do differently in those situations and how those situations could be handled differently.
I'm learning so much, and gaining so much experience, and I can't wait to practice. I've completed all my community rotations and now I'm on to food management, and it's been quite the challenge. I did a lot of food management in undergrad, and I'm continuing to learn new things every day. The hardest part is that when I say I'm a dietetic intern, people don't understand what that means. They think I'm still in undergrad, that I just cook, that I'm volunteering, and my favorite, that I'm getting paid (HaHa!). When I explain what I'm doing and what I want to do, I get questioned... Why would you want to do that? Why not just be a doctor? Well... because I don't want to be a doctor and I love what I'm doing!
The work that I'm doing is so rewarding, and I'm finally starting to put everything I've learned into practice and see things happen. The people that I'm working with have taught me so much so far, and it's helping me narrow down the direction that I want to go in.
I'm so excited for all the things to come the rest of this semester and next semester when I move to my clinical rotations!