I’m done with first week of orientation, check out my video for highlights! Also subscribe to my new channel while you’re at it. It was lots of fun meeting lots of other interns and getting to know my group even better, we even had a few hangouts after all the work was done during the day. I must say though the amount of information they fed to us was insane. And it was all important! I’m a legit employee now, so I can’t not pay attention to the rules, protocols, and expectations. But, there’s no way I’m going to remember all of it. The thing I remember most is the number to call when you get exposed to patient body fluids that might be infected, because I know I’m going to be up close and personal with people and I don’t want to play those games.
Another cool thing we did was set wellness goals that we had for the year and we shared them with a partner for accountability. You set a goal, then set two levels below it, one being the bare minimum to meet the goal. For example, one of mine was cooking for myself and not eating out. My true goal was meal prepping lunch/dinner each week (6 days worth of food). My bare minimum was pulling the struggle food out of the freezer. Another goal I had was going to the gym 4-5x/week, but bare minimum was working out at home twice in a week for 20 mins. I appreciated the flexibility of the goal-setting, so you don’t feel like a failure if you can’t meet the true goal you set.
I’ve been waking up earlier to try and adjust my body clock, as my days for my first rotation begin at 6am. I’m currently at 5:30 which is a STRUGGLE, but eventually want to get to 4:45 this week which will give me time to quickly do my morning routine, eat breakfast, read my bible, and head to the hospital. I have to do this because if I wait until the day the rotation starts, the shock of waking up hours earlier will hit me too hard and my performance will suffer.
That about sums it up for me! Excited to see what week 2 will bring and definitely going to soak it up the best I can before the real work begins!