While at Mountain View Regional Hospital I was able to practice basic nursing skills and assessments, as well as acquire critical care nursing skills. The first week at Mountain View I focused primarily on getting my bearings, becoming comfortable with the nursing team, and retaining everything my preceptor was teaching me. After only a few weeks I was able to receive and give report, perform a wide array of nursing skills on my own, and assess my patients with a new found confidence. I feel over the past semester I was able to put together everything we’ve learned from the program, while gaining confidence that truly helped me feel prepared to enter the workforce.
During my time at the Diabetes Care Center I was able to follow a Certified Diabetes Educator, a certification I hope to attain after graduation. Being a type one diabetic myself, it was truly inspiring to be on the “other side” as an educator. Not only was I able to experience my dream job, but I also learned valuable information about patient education including—healthy meal plans, carbohydrate counting, insulin administration, and continuous glucose monitoring therapy.
It has been such a great opportunity to get two different aspects of inpatient care and outpatient education. Overall, both experiences truly encompassed the everyday practice of nursing and what aspects I can incorporate as a new graduate in my practice.