I feel like all of my weeks are busy but this week was way busier than most of them are!
On the bright side, there are only 8 weeks left and then I’m done…which is both terrifying and incredibly exciting.
This week started like almost all my other ones do, work for 8 hours and then go to the gym before going home. When I got to the gym on Monday I changed into my workout clothes in the locker room and then right as I was putting on my shoes the power went out….
Now, Corvallis is a special place. When we get power outages, they are going to last a few hours. Not the 10-15 minute max ones I used to experience as a kid in California. I ended up heading home and going on a run instead since I was already in my workout gear and determined to get a workout in. It was a beautiful night and the weather was perfect for a short 4 mile run. I had to snap some pictures while I was running but in no way to they do this state justice!
Anyways, I started this week in ICU on Monday and Tuesday and then on Wednesday I started in intermediate care (IMCU) and neuro-trauma (NTCU). My preceptor on Wednesday was actually one of my TA’s from undergrad and it ended up being a lot of fun working with her that day. It was kind of a transition to get away from critical care but we still had some tube feeders so it wasn’t a complete shift away from that kind of charting.
Thursday I got to attend the Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference in Portland. Dietetics is a very small field, the national group, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, only has a little over 75,000 members. Of course, not every dietitian is a member, but that is still a small group! It was great to have the chance to get together with 200 other dietetics professionals and talk about our field.
Dietetics really does offer a very unique set of skills and dietitians are trained to do a job that no one else can do. It was great to hear dietitians talk about how we can promote ourselves and protect our careers and spot in healthcare, especially since there are so many pseudo-nutrition specialists out there who are attempting to offer our services with minimal training that would allow them to do so. Part of claiming our place is making the public aware of who we are and what we are trained to do.
No one would take medical advice from someone who isn’t trained in medicine, or financial advice from someone who isn’t trained in finance, so why take nutrition advice of any kind from someone who isn’t specifically trained in nutrition?
It’s something I’ve honestly never understood and diet is linked to so, so many preventable diseases that is absolutely blows my mind that the public is either uninterested in the expertise dietitians can provide or they’re willing to take advice from the media, which is advice that is rarely backed up with evidence based research, and take it without question.
I could go on, but I’ll step off my soap box now….
We also got to present our internship research project in the form of a poster at the OAND conference which was pretty neat. A lot of the dietitians were really interested in what we found during our focus groups and were excited to see that we were working with the college population. It was really cool to see my name on a poster!
Thursday when I got home from Portland the weather was incredibly beautiful (around 85 degrees!!!!) so I decided to go on a long bike ride since I just really didn’t feel like going on a run. I rode my bike all around Corvallis for around 45 minutes and then did some Nike Training Club workouts when I got home. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, I highly recommend the NTC app. The workouts are killer!
Much to my displeasure, I had to return to the hospital on Friday to finish off the week. I was actually working with one of the younger dietitians and we ended up encountering a very complicated patient. A doctor was interested in starting peripheral parenteral nutrition (PPN) on a patient I had been following all week and it was something neither me or my preceptor had encountered outside a textbook. It was an incredible learning experience and a great chance for me to get used to communicating with doctors and pharmacists.
Since this week was so incredibly busy and hectic, I spent my Saturday night making cookies instead of doing anything exciting. I am pleased to report that for the first time EVER I did not over bake my cookies and they are still soft today! I went with the classic Nestle Toll House recipe and used chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips. It was an excellent way to end the week!