Hello everyone! My name is Katie, and I am a region 10 dietetic student interning in Houston, Texas. I am also enrolled at the University of Rhode Island completing a Master of Science in Dietetics degree.
Currently, I am close to completing my clinical rotation at an acute care hospital where I have learned and grown a tremendous amount! This experience is my first time working in a clinical setting and I have a knowledgeable and patient team of dietitians teaching me valuable information every day. At the beginning of the basic rotation, I was skeptical of talking and giving education to patients. With all my preceptor’s guidance, I am now more confident giving nutritional education to those who need it. There are a variety of people able to help you if you have any questions and need guidance, including preceptors, directors, peers, and mentors!
During my advanced clinical rotation, I was able to intern in multiple types of critical care units, the Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Medical Intensive Care Unit, where I was able to participate in rounds! I enjoy talking with members of the healthcare team and learning how we, members of the healthcare team, are providing the best care possible. I was able to determine how I, as the nutrition expert on the case, was able to nutritionally help a patient. Whether recommending supplements, changing a diet order, or counseling the patient, I have been able to provide nutrition support to those that need it. It has been an incredible learning experience!
I came from Providence, Rhode Island to Houston, Texas at the end of August 2023 and soon started my clinical rotation. This has been a journey for me as I moved to a new location while starting an internship! I have learned an extreme amount about myself and who I am as a dietitian throughout my time as an intern. I am grateful for this opportunity and the experiences the Sodexo Dietetic Internship has offered! I look forward to the next rotations and cannot wait to see where this program takes me!