Who Am I? BY: Samantha So

Hi! My name is Samantha So and I'm interested in the health care field.

My co-op placement is at Mount Sinai Hospital,

at 14 North Nursing Ward.

my job

At 14 North, I have many daily tasks that I need to complete every day, such as:

Administration

  • Organize and file patient and nursing charts
  • Create patient and nurse binder tags
  • Update patients' and nurses' board
  • Photocopy medical charts

Restock+Delivery

  • Restocking supplies (ex. gloves, blankets, papers, etc.)
  • Deliver blood, specimen or medical machinery
  • Make blood kits

patient care

  • Make patient's beds (ex. change linens)
  • Transport patients
  • Answer patients' pages when nurses are busy

TIPS

TIP #1

BE CURIOUS AND LET YOUR CURIOSITY WANDER TO DISCOVER NEW EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES!

  • Don't be afraid to ask your surrounding medical professionals any questions (as long as they are appropriate)!!!
  • They love to share their knowlegde and experiences with you as long as you ask at an appropriate time!
  • Research about your placement and use that information to formulate your question!

TIP #2

BE OBSERVANT AND ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON!

Since I was at a hospital placement, it was important to know what is happening at my workplace to be an

efficient and pratical worker.

  • Workplace becomes more efficient;
  • Helps you to answer coworkers' questions;
  • Creating a trusting relationship with other coworkers at your workplace.

Challenge

SLEEP 24/7

As you can tell, I sleep all the time whereever I can!

Therefore, a challenge I faced was that I often felt bored at my placement and would end up getting a bit sleepy.

to overcome this challenge,

I would often walk around the ward asking hospital staff if they needed any assistance. By being active, it prevented me from falling asleep and helped me interact with hospital staff more.

overall impression

I really enjoyed my placement since it was filled with funny and joyful staff members who would make jokes even though the nursing floor sometimes felt gloomy.

I learned a lot from understanding how a hospital runs to understanding how all the combined, hardworking efforts of all hospital personels create the best patient care possible.

In addition, I got to network with medical professionals who provided guidance on my career path as well as life lessons.

Most importantly, my placement further empowered my ambition to pursue a career in the health care sector.

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,

Samantha So

Credits:

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