Hello everyone! My name is Lauren Miller and I am from region 5 located in Maryland. Right now I am half way through my concentration! I chose Critical Care MNT as my concentration and have moved from my main placement which had one ICU to a hospital with over eight ICUs. There are definitely some major changes when you move from a more community-focused hospital to a large multi-disciplinary center. I am so grateful to have been able to see both acuity levels and learn from so many different preceptors.
When I started the internship, I was hesitant for my first day of basic clinical rotation, as I felt unprepared for what I might experience in the acute care setting. Immediately, I fell in love with the fast-paced, patient-centered environment that the acute care setting provided. I have learned so much in just a few weeks while working with the critical care team. Just when I think there is nothing more to see, a new challenge comes up!
My advice as you enter the internship, a new job, or anything unfamiliar is to keep an open mind and be prepared to challenge yourself. This time is about stepping out of your comfort zone and growing as a professional. The time you have in each rotation is really whatever you want to make it. So try to challenge yourself to do something you might not think you will enjoy – I bet it will surprise you what you are capable of doing!