October 26, 2009

What I learned on the Job: Hospital Intern

I got the idea for See Sara Write. I've had a lot of jobs back in my day, but I'll just do three from the most interesting. One would be Mad Science, an after school program that teaches science. Another job would be Playful Beginnings, an early intervention program for toddlers that have been diagnosed with autism. Another "job" though it was an internship was working at the local hospital. I'll start with the hospital and do three for each every week or something.

Situation #1: Working in hospital means that sometimes you've got to roll your sleeves up and get dirty. Sometimes you got to clean up vomit, help change wounds, clean up poo and urine, change dirty sheets, and seeing things that you don't want to see.

As dirty as it is, imagine what it's like to be on the other side of that. You are stuck in the hospital and haven't seen your family. Sometimes your nurse, your CNA, and the intern are the only visitors you have. Your nurse pokes and prods you, does all kinds of things. The CNA has to change your soiled linen and all the dirty work. Nobody has time to talk, except for those college students in the blue shirt. You don't get a chance to say much, but wit a bright smile they offer to get you a glass of water.

Life Lesson: Sometimes you just got to roll up your and do the things you don't want to do in life. Even if you don't want to do things, adjust your attitude and just do it. You never know who's watching and you never know what influence your attitude has on people, even when you're not aware of it.

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