Internship Fall 2014

Reagan Adams

How have you grown as a person?

Throughout this internship, I feel like I have grown to be a more caring, mature, and patient person. I have worked with people who do have some type of disability, whether it be physical or a disease that affects their memory, and I truly care about their well being, I have became more mature, because the staff at the Adult Day Care Center give me a lot of responsibility. They trust me and I have grown to be more mature, so I can perform the tasks that they want me to do. I have also grown to be more patient with others. I will admit I used to not be patient, but with working with others, you have to be patient.

Where was my internship at?

My internship was at the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center. It is located in West Park Medical Center. It is a very secure building and it is fenced in, just in case a participant was to get outside. They provide the participants with meals, activities, health care monitoring, beauty/barber services, personal/incontinent care, and also therapy services.

Describe an activity or accomplishment in the internship that you are proud of. What did you learn from it?

Something that I am proud of while doing my internship, was caring for a participant who had schizophrenia. The staff members told me to be careful and to just watch my back, because the participant had been known to hit and be aggressive. I hate to say that I was scared, but I was a little worried. While working with another participant, I felt someones hand going up my back, so I turned around and there was the participant getting closer and closer to my face. I looked around to see if there was a staff member who could help me, but they were all looking at me, seeing how I would react. The participant started to say things that I couldn't quite understand. The participant then grabbed my hand and made me walk with them. I started to become more comfortable with the participant and throughout that whole day, I was the one that they were the least aggressive with and would actually listen to me.

Explain how your experience at your internship will have an impact on your further education. Have any of your plans changed?

My experience at my internship has definitely wanted me to become a nurse even more. I love being able to help the participants and form a special bond with every single one of them. They will always hold a special place in my heart. Even though I have loved being able to work with people with different ages and different disabilities, I want to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I am so glad I was able to do this internship, because I have a new appreciation for healthcare providers who do work in nursing homes or adult day care centers.

Describe a situation when you were really frustrated and explain how you dealt with it. What did you learn?

I got really frustrated one time when Sophia and I were helping a participant to use the restroom. The participant is very heavy to lift and they knew that Sophia and I would actually lift them, so they were extremely difficult. Sophia and I know each others strengths, so I was lifting and Sophia was trying to get them ready to be able to sit down on the toilet. We had tried at least five times to move them to use the bathroom, but they would not help us at all. While we were struggling to get them on the toilet, they were screaming the whole time. Finally we got them situated and gave them some privacy. After they were finished, we moved him from the toilet to their wheel chair, and while we were doing that, the participant just plopped down on my knee. After we go them off of my knee and in their chair, Sophia tells me to look at my pants. I had urine all over my pants. Even though I was really frustrated, I just didn't say anything and just kept my mouth shut. After I got over being mad, I put myself in their shoes. I would hate for someone to have to do everything for me in the bathroom and have to be exposed like that. I feel bad for getting mad.