Hey y’all! It’s been a bit since I finished my first clinical rotation, but I wanted to hop on here and give you guys an update on what I did! I got a lot of great responses from my last couple posts, so I will keep posting them! I think it’s nice for students to see what to expect once they get into their dietetic internship. 🙂
I have also made a lot of connections through my insta and I absolutely love it! I am actually getting coffee with another local intern who reached out today. So I encourage all of you guys to reach out if you have any questions or just want some advice on applying for an internship, what to expect, anything really!
Anyway, to get into the point of this post… my first clinical rotation! I was so anxious for this rotation because MNT has never been my strong suit. Now that I am through, I can honestly say it was not as hard as I expected and I learned SO much throughout my four weeks there.
Some of my objectives included documenting nutritional information using the Nutrition Care Process, creating a fluid restriction handout and nutrition shake comparison as a PI project, participated in trauma/vent/stroke rounds, tube feeding and TPN consults and calculations, and diet instructions for high A1c, renal, gout/low purine, low fiber, and heart healthy diets. I have to say that my favorite experience here was sitting in on a PEG tube placement! My first day they asked me to stay a little late to scrub in for the surgery and I literally geeked so hard! haha. I got to stand right next to the surgeon and he explained everything he was doing. It was such a neat experience!
My last day, I got to do a nutrition shake taste testing in the cafeteria for Ensure’s new Max Protein. It was so much fun to see the sales side of nutrition and to get to talk to all of the employees and guests. I heard so many stories and we actually had a lot of people head over to the cooler and buy an Ensure after tasting them.
Overall, this was an intense rotation, I’m not going to lie. It was fast-paced and some days were depressing because of my empathetic side. I definitely called my mom more than once a week. haha. But, I am so glad I got this experience and I know I learned a lot of crucial information that will help me in any area of dietetics that I choose after the internship.
If you are not strong with clinical or MNT, I feel ya, but don’t get discouraged if the internship you match to is heavy in clinical rotations. I never thought that I would end up in a clinical heavy internship, but I promise it will help you grow in all areas of life and will make you a stronger dietitian after the internship! It makes you step out of your comfort zone and use critical thinking skills you never knew you had. The entire internship is going to test your knowledge and will help you find the areas of dietetics you can see yourself in! That’s the whole point.
If you guys have any questions, please feel free to reach out! I love connecting with other people who have the same passions as me. I know that whether you are in undergrad, applying for internships, or in your internship, this can be a stressful few years and any support or understanding can help.