Internship Update { 4 months }

Hi Child Lifers!

Happy New Year!!! I hope this new year brings you lots of happiness and many successful patient/family interactions.

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It has been a really LONG time since I’ve posted. I definitely underestimated my ability to be an intern, student, and blogger all at the same time! Seriously kuddos to whoever can balance all that.

These past 4 months of my internship have been crazy, exciting, overwhelming, fun, and so much more. Some major highlights have been:

  • What I believed would be a one semester internship turned into a two semester internship.
  • I have come to embrace my lengthy commute.
  • From September to December I have been in both the general pediatric unit and the pediatric intensive care unit.
  • Along side my supervisors, I have experienced bereavement support, medical education, therapeutic play, and procedural support.
  • I have become confident enough to approach cases independently.
  • I have built wonderful relationships with chronic patients and families.
  • I survived the holiday rush! It was so much fun 🙂

One piece of advice I would give to child life students is if you have the luxury do a two semester internship, DO IT!! Of course it can be strenuous because it is much longer, but during the semester the weekly hours are much shorter AND you have the opportunity to experience so much more.

I will start this year by doing my rotation in radiology and ambulatory surgery. I am so excited to see and experience a different area. The CLS who will be my preceptor has been given major credit for the success of sedation-free MRI. This alone has intrigued me!!

Before I end this post I want to share with you a helpful resource about asthma that I have used. The patient I used it with was so interested in the pictures and the cartoons, it was a big HIT!

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Press DOWNLOAD for the PDF.

It is from this awesome website . It has tons of great FREE interactive educational materials for kids about asthma and treatments.

Till next time!

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