From there, I went on to complete my basic, intermediate, and advanced clinicals! In the beginning, I was nervous to interview my patients. To gain more confidence to complete nutrition assessments, my preceptors were supportive and visited patients with me until I was comfortable to be on my own. They also reviewed my notes while providing constructive comments and positive affirmations. By the end of staff relief, I was seeing close to 11 patients with complex diseases, many of which required enteral/parenteral nutrition, with complete trust in myself. I also spent time in the outpatient cancer and weight loss center which were unique and exciting! I got to learn the role of an RDN in an outpatient and inpatient setting, as well the challenges and opportunities that come with it.
I am currently in my third week of my foodservice rotation. It has been an enjoyable experience to learn the style of foodservice in a corporate setting! At first, I was anxious to transition into a new rotation, but I am continuing to build a positive rapport with staff. So far, I had the chance to participate in National Nutrition Month with the RDN by organizing a tabling event to provide samples of a Mediterranean dish and delivering nutrition education. I also took part in organizing an event for St. Patrick’s Day with the catering staff and being part of production to offer delicious and nutritious meals to the employees. I am excited to continue my rotations and see what lies ahead!