With this experience, I also had opportunities to explore parts of clinical nutrition I hadn’t realized were available. I had an opportunity to connect with patients and staff by sampling recipes in the cafeteria (the picture below shows me sampling Low Carb Apple Crisp). This experience was rewarding in the sense that I could extend my knowledge to not just patients, but to staff as well! Many of the staff said that they also had questions about nutrition and were happy to have the chance to try healthier recipes.
Overall, I have had such an amazing experience and learned how to connect and help so many different patients. I learned that having good communication and listening skills come in handy when conducting a nutrition assessment. Having a positive upbeat energy helps to put patients at ease. I am excited to continue to my next clinical rotation and I know I will learn even more than before!