Week 30 (Apr 14- Apr 17): Management

What brought on a huge amount of anxiety to my life today: writing “week 30” in this blog post. I CANNOT believe there’s only 9 weeks left in internship.. it feels like I have farrrr more time left than that! I had to confirm by checking out our internship schedule just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy (seriously). So many thoughts are going through my mind now (leaving a VERY good impression on my remaining preceptors, thinking about applying for jobs, rocking my relief placement, etc etc etc). 

Back to this blog post, ie reflecting on my last (short) week at Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) for Management. The week flew by since it involved a busier schedule, attending some meetings, and tying up any loose ends with projects we were working on. It was even shorter with our Thursday involving evaluations and spending the afternoon working on research! 

What I did:

  • Attended a meeting with the union regarding some changes with job routines for the food services workers. With the new tower opening up soon at SMH, there’s new job openings and changes in FTEs!
  • Sat in on a Food Service Manager’s meeting. Hot topic: preparing for possible union strikes. 
  • Conducted “Patient satisfaction surveys” for a couple days. 1-2 times a year, surveys are provided to patients to get a better sense on their thoughts about hospital meals (taste, appearance, portion sizes, etc). It was nice being back on the ward and talking to patients.. but so hard not being able to conduct full nutrition assessments or implement interventions during the chats (my clinical side came out during the conversations!)
  • Finished up our projects involving kitchen reorganization.
  • Passed my rotation, and treated myself to many hours of research work right after.. my group and I have some harder rotations coming up that involve more studying/prep work than others, so we are taking advantage of any free moments provided, trying to get research paper writing out of the way!

What I learned:

  • Being a manager in food service can be stressful. Not only do you have to juggle so many projects at one time, but you always have to keep in mind the workers well being as well. In the past week, any of the changes my preceptor made that involved her staff had to go through Fraser Health HR and through the worker’s union - and changes in her plans had to be made if the union didn’t agree. It’s a time consuming process for such small changes.. but an understandable step. It boggles my mind how calm my preceptor was all week with the MANY items on her plate right now. 

What I need to work on:

  • ENJOY the LAST 9 weeks of internship! These weeks will never come back and I have to cherish these last couple months with lots of positivity, networking and leaving lasting impressions on preceptors I work with. That being said, I have some of my toughest rotations coming up (including Renal, ICU and my final relief placement) so I’m sure I’ll have moments of stress and anxiety. 

A 4 day long weekend gave me a change to prep a decent amount for this coming rotation in Renal. I’ll be spending my first week at the Kidney Care Clinic in Surrey then heading out to Royal Columbian Hospital to learn about hemodialysis. I’ve been looking forward to these two weeks the most especially since I had a keen interest in this area during my days of volunteering at BC Children’s Hospital with the awesome little ones in the Renal Unit. Studying was a bit challenging because the material is more complicated that other rotations and trying to wrap my head around everything was difficult. Hopefully my preceptors are willing to teach me as I go and have time to answer the many questions I have about kidneys!

Best part of the night: swaying and jamming to some Dan! #danmangan #ubc #ldoc #amsblockparty  (at The University of British Columbia (UBC))

Best part of the night: swaying and jamming to some Dan! #danmangan #ubc #ldoc #amsblockparty (at The University of British Columbia (UBC))

No amount mud can prevent us from having a great time! #ldoc #ubc #amsblockparty

No amount mud can prevent us from having a great time! #ldoc #ubc #amsblockparty

My typical post-interning night.. #internlife #ubc #casestudy #research

My typical post-interning night.. #internlife #ubc #casestudy #research

My last (chilly) commute to #Langley and final day of NCI! #clinical #Dietetics #ubc

My last (chilly) commute to #Langley and final day of NCI! #clinical #Dietetics #ubc

My #Thursday.. 

Motivation to study: catching up on Grey’s Anatomy! #coffee #diabetes #clinical #nutrition #intern #ubc

My #Thursday..

Motivation to study: catching up on Grey’s Anatomy! #coffee #diabetes #clinical #nutrition #intern #ubc

12.04.13

Intern problems: watching Survivor, and the only thought running through your mind as contestants gobble up reward challenge meals after days of not eating well = refeeding syndrome. All I want to do is check the contestants Mg/PO4/K lab values, replete, and slowly initiate intakes.. 

Yes, I’m one of the few people who still watches Survivor. 

No, I haven’t watched all 27 seasons, I’m just getting back into it as bonding time with the fam.. and the fact that it’s ridiculously addicting. 

Darn internship.. makes me analyzing nutrition and food intake over-excessively. Clinical also makes me think I have every single disease state I see.. I’m now a hypochondriac.. great. 

If you want to learn a bit about my life as a student dietitian and my experiences during internship, check out my other blog hereeee

My LAST Taste of the Week nom for my #management rotation: Roasted root vegetable medley! #food #nutrition #Dietetics #intern #ubc  (at Eagle Ridge Hospital & Health Care)

My LAST Taste of the Week nom for my #management rotation: Roasted root vegetable medley! #food #nutrition #Dietetics #intern #ubc (at Eagle Ridge Hospital & Health Care)

#WHATWESHOULDCALLUBC: 11 Reasons why the University of British Columbia is actually Hogwarts and we are all wizards

whatweshouldcallubc:

1) Chapman Learning Commons looks like the Great Hall

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2) Chan Centre’s women’s washroom resembles a modernized version of Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom (aka. the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets)

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3) Ministry of Magic is like Main Mall and University Boulevard with the crowd…

Did you know..

I’m currently an Intern with Fraser Health as my final year of Dietetics at UBC. Want to know what I do as an intern, fun things I learn, and some photos here and there? Then check out my internship-specific blog here!

Representing #UBC #Dietetics this year with my #imagineubc t-shirt! Irony: I served Coca Cola floats most of this afternoon. #everythinginmoderation #iamubc

Representing #UBC #Dietetics this year with my #imagineubc t-shirt! Irony: I served Coca Cola floats most of this afternoon. #everythinginmoderation #iamubc

08.28.13

With less than two weeks until my internship starts, my goal is to squeeze in as many hang outs, exploring and fun times into the end of summer as possible, while still trying to get in some MNT studying as well. Since I’ve been back from the trip, my August has been pretty low key, with no work contracts lined up, but I’ve been making the effort to connect with those who I care about the most (whether or not they reciprocate is a different story!)

August

  • Powell Street Festival nomming and creeping of cute little Japanese children.
  • Catching one of the fireworks with the best, him and the boys.
  • Pride Parade dancing and jealousy of the amazing bods around me.
  • Food Cart nomming at the Food Cart Fest (note to those who haven’t been: may not be worth your trip out due to the lines, entrance fee and likeliness of food running out.)
  • Robson Square salsa dancing. Who doesn’t love free salsa classes?!
  • Squamish Valley Music Festival. Even though the weekend was dirty, and surrounded by sweaty, drunken, weed smelling 20-somethings, I’d totally do another music festival again! I really hope Macklemore/ Ryan Lewis or Childish (preferably both) come back to Vancouver again.. their sets made the weekend. 
  • Catch ups over Mexican with Ash (my “neck hugging” Orientations Team 2012 friend).
  • Finally going to Foggy Dew for the first time. It was the first night in a while that almost the whole Surrey group came out to, along with my partner and Rach’s. The blending of old and new faces, beers flowing, and music pumping really made the night memorable (so did the mushy photos Rach took of Jaydubs).
  • Girly hangouts with Deanna. 
  • Wildplay adventures with Jason, Alex and Gord. Going into that experience, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it at all since I’m not the biggest fitness/ strength training geek. But the aerial obstacle courses, challenges and zip lines made it worthwhile!
  • Making use of a super old Groupon for a chocolate tasting at Xoxolat. It was alright.. but did teach us a decent amount on what we do and don’t like about chocolate. 
  • Internship shopping with Cristel (and making the scary decision of going to the Aritzia Warehouse sale..) Dressing like an adult is hard for me :S
  • Picking up my renewed student card. I can’t believe I’ve been at UBC for over 5 years (hence having to get a new card since mine is now expired..)

T-12 days until internship.. let’s see what else I can pack into this 1.5 weeks. 

Bye bye old #ubc #student card.. gotta love my bangs and gangsta steez.  (at UBC Bookstore)

Bye bye old #ubc #student card.. gotta love my bangs and gangsta steez. (at UBC Bookstore)

08.05.13

It’s that time of year again, when people who you thought fell off the face of the Earth suddenly reappear asking you to be their med school app references/ verifiers. Woke up to a lot of those today.. I’m assuming they’re due soon?