CHI St. Joseph Regional Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Hospital- Bryan, TX
- Assessed and made nutrition related recommendations for over 300 patients
- Conducted nutrition focused physical exams
- Documented patient interactions on MEDITECH and EPIC Systems
- Educated patients on diets for weight management, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, and gastrointestinal disorders
What does a typical day look like as an intern?
Each week as an intern looks different. You could be interning at WIC, creating nutrition handouts one week and then calculating tube feeds in a hospital two weeks later. I spent 4 months in a hospital, due to my program’s clinical emphasis, so I’ll walk you through a typical day in a clinical rotation.
- 5:30 AM Leave home and drive to the hospital.
- 6:00 AM Arrive at the hospital and receive my list of patients for the day. I usually had about 11 patients per day.
- 6:00-7:00 AM Look up each patient’s medical records to identify information that may affect my recommendations (ex: wounds, medication, eating patterns, diagnosis, social history, past surgeries, etc.). During this time I would begin thinking of questions I would like to ask the patient.
- 7:00-11:30 AM Visit patients. The time it takes to see a patient can considerably vary depending on their needs. Patients usually love to talk to the dietitians because we care about everyone’s favorite subject- food!
- 11:30 AM -12:00 PM Lunch! After talking about food for hours you start to get really hungry.
- 12:00 – 3:00 PM Charting. When we chart on patients we create an official medical document that outlines our nutrition recommendations and goals for the patient as well as the evidence to support our recommendations. If I finished charting early I would see patients I planned on seeing the next day.
- 3:00 PM Work is signed off by the RD. Time to go home.
- 3:30-4:30 PM Work on any internship projects at home (ex: case studies, research projects, business plans, etc.)