Hi everyone! My name is Julie. I am a current Sodexo intern in region 4. Right now, I am more than halfway through my internship. Everyone says the internship year flies by and it really does! I remember feeling so incredibly nervous before the start of my internship, but now I feel a world’s difference. So far I have completed my patient services rotation, clinical rotation, LTC rotation, and I am currently in my pediatrics concentration at a children’s hospital. The experience I gained at my clinical site has been invaluable at the children’s hospital.
My absolute favorite memory from my clinical rotation was when I shadowed the wound care RNs for half a day. It was so helpful to actually see what the different stages of what a pressure injury looks like or what a diabetic ulcer looks like. RDs are vital to the treatment of serious wounds, so being able to work alongside the wound care RNs was such a valuable experience. And the mental images I have from that day will forever be in my memory!
My biggest piece of advice for upcoming interns is to seek out different experiences. This is the time to learn as much as possible! Whenever I asked one of my preceptors about shadowing another member of the care team or observing a swallow evaluation, they were always willing to set up the experience for me. Overall, I am so grateful for the sites I’ve been at, especially my clinical and pediatrics sites, and I am excited to continue to learn for the rest of my time as an intern.