Job/Volunteer position: Nurse Assistant
What you do at your job: I have the opportunity to care for patients from admission to discharge. The benefit of this is, I can see HOW nutrition interventions play a huge part in patient care, recovery, and sustainability in a CLINICAL setting. I think being a CNA has taught me so much regarding nutrition that I didn't realize it until I took MNT. All of the things we talk about in our upper-level classes I experience on a daily basis at work. Counseling techniques, assessing patients, weighing patients, looking at their labs, vitals, and input/output, ENCOURAGING patients with eating/walking to help their recovery, it is all of the things we learn about in school! MAGIC!
How you got the position: You know that saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know", well, I've had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, and luckily they knew I'd be an asset to their place of work, and they were right!
What you like about it: Honestly, I enjoy making people laugh, and caring for those people. I learn everyday while I'm at work, and I can always relate it back to what I've learned in school.
What's challenging/not the greatest about your job: I think dealing with real-life situations with patients is hard because one patient is suffering from their cancer treatments while the other is completely paralyzed, and we have to support them. That is hard, BUT, also rewarding because we get the chance to try to bring some positivity to their lives, at least during our 12 hour shifts.