clinical staff relief

At the end of the dietetic internship’s clinical rotation, there is something known as the “3 week staff relief.”  What this means, basically, is that the intern takes over all responsibilities of the dietitian.  She takes on the role and the pager.  The duties, obligations, frustrations, and limitless questions, faxes, requests.

Yes.  It is a little insane.

Yesterday, I had the entire hospital to myself.

Becoming the sole “dietitian” of the day might sound like a good thing, but if we’re going to be completely honest here, it’s actually kind of frightening.  Patients need renal diet education.  A woman just got placed on level 3 of the dysphagia diet and has no idea what to do when she goes home.  A man just found out he has diabetes.  Notes need to be written before a certain time.

Go, go, go!!

And then, of course, there’s the whole issue of having confidence or lack thereof.  My clinical rotation has brought out a whole new level of self confidence that I never even knew I had.  But then, at the same time, I feel this strange lack of confidence because I know there are so many things that I still don’t know.  So many things to learn and understand.  Counseling skills that need developing.

You know, it’s true what they say.  The biggest road block in life is oftentimes ourselves.

The hard part is trying to convince ourselves that we DO know what we know and speaking with absolute confidence.  Of course, nobody knows everything. But whatever it is that we don’t know, should never be thought of as a fault.  It is simply a learning opportunity.

Perhaps one of the greatest life lessons that I’ve learned came from a professor who told me never to be afraid to admit when I don’t know something.  “Look it up, Sarah.  Learn more about it.  Never stop learning.”

As you can imagine, most days of clinical staff relief have been a little insane.  There really hasn’t been much time spent in the kitchen, but (sigh) that is okay for now.  Because sometime, very soon, I will be back in the kitchen with full force and gusto and my little yellow apron.  Yes.  There is a whole lot of food in my near future (i.e., this weekend.)  Maybe I’ll try something new that I’ve always been afraid of.  Maybe I’ll even make a souffle.

Because it’s okay to admit that you don’t know how to do something.   But it’s never okay to be afraid to try.

QUESTION: What is one thing that you KNOW you’re good at? Don’t be afraid to brag a little. 😉

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5 thoughts on “clinical staff relief

  1. I can relate – honestly, I’m unbelievably proud of myself for switching to dietetics from my easy breezy consumer journalism major. I’m taking hard science classes and challenging food classes, but I’m doing okay! No, I’m not making straight A’s anymore, but I’m proving to myself that I can do it! 🙂

    I had no idea there was a part like that in the rotation – sounds intense! Another thing to be nervously excited for in the future 😀

  2. I am a professional writer (ie, technical and marketing writer — not terribly glamourous, but kind of cool that I am actually getting paid to write). I just graduated and found my first job last year and discovered that, while I know I’m a good writer, I don’t actually have a lot of confidence in that fact. Actually, I’m not confident in a professional environment at all. I’m a follower, not a leader, and I’d prefer to fly comfortably under everyone’s radar.

    Since I’m in a small company, that’s not so easy to do. It’s a learning curve, for sure, first admitting that confidence is actually an issue and then doing something about it.

    Yay for food filled weekends! And thanks for the post. I enjoyed it.

  3. I know I’m good at sewing. Lately I’ve been scared, though, because I know it’s time for me to take my skills to the next level…. I’m very good at sewing plush and I’m an expert at zippers, but I want to make a tailored button-down shirt! That’s scary! It’s hard to take that next step, out of my comfort zone… but it’s also necessary, because sooner or later I’ll get bored of the same old stuff.

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