Wednesday, March 4, 2015

UPdate

Wow, it's been such a long time! I bet you're wondering what I chose. So...

I chose the job. I decided to get some work experience and at Stanford, why not? I've been here six months. I'm the Clinical Nurse Coordinator for both the High Risk Infant Follow-up clinic and the Development & Behavior Consult Clinic. We see premature babies through age 2 (less than 3 years old) and children up to about age 12 (unless they were preemies). The medical team is amazing, and my officemates are super nice. My 2 nursing colleagues are super-supportive and have taught me alot. My manager is also a nurse and nurse practitioner and I always learn great clinical tidbits from her. She does everything supervision, clinical, administration, grant-writing, program management, and then also remembers birthdays. She's always on the patient's side to help them and also on our staff's side defending us from budget cuts and difficult staff members (not in our department). I've been learning a ton! From Autism to Intellectual Disability and Fetal Deformities. It's been like school learning so much about pediatric development. It certainly sets me up well among my friends to advise them on how to get school district services for their kids and where to go/who to see. The best part of the job is on clinic days, getting to see the patients and talking with them. It's great to do a review and then put a face to the chart. I don't get to spend too much time because we usually have to see about 9-12 patients in 4 hours, so I have to move pretty quickly, but I'm certainly learning about being assertive, time management, team management, and clinic flow. I'm planning on working on some policy/procedure types of things so I'll post those up if I get them done ;)

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