In June, after CRMC was given the approval to allow students again, I went right back into my clinical rotation. As part of my return, a unique thing I experienced was having the opportunity to follow the RDs in their new COVID-19 routine. Since each of them work remotely several days per week to minimize how many people were in the office, I got to experience that, also. This was a unique experience because I got to see how precautions changed, how communication among the team increased, how technology can be used in the inpatient setting, and how our level of care was still outstanding.
Overall, I am very blessed to have had amazing preceptors who had patience with me, encouraged me, and challenged me to take my critical thinking skills to the next level. Sometimes that challenge happened behind the scenes, sometimes it happened on the phone with a customer, and sometimes it happened in the patient room. The important thing is I knew they always had my learning and development as a priority and were eager to see me succeed. I am in the last week of my clinical rotation with only have 2.5 weeks of foodservice and 2 days of WIC remaining (plus the remaining internship assignments). I am so grateful for the amazing preceptors, my fellow dietetic interns, and the internship directors who made this eventful year worth every bit of stress and chaos. I have never felt more challenged yet supported, encouraged, and ready to take on the RD exam!