Clinical Medical Nutrition Therapy
Accumulating 570 hours worth of clinical practice, I was sited at Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital in Upper East Manhattan. Working alongside 10 registered dietitians (many well established at Lenox Hill), I gained invaluable hands-on experience as a clinical dietitian. Working in the heart of the city, I was exposed to a unique and distinctly diverse setting - providing care to a multitude of disease states, cultural backgrounds and societal demographics.
My first rotation at Lenox Hill, I began in basic clinical in which I shadowed and then provided patient care to patients with Diabetes, Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal conditions.
Upon completion of basic clinical, I rotated onward to intermediate conditions encompassing Oncology, HIV/AIDS, Pancreas/Liver and Enteral Nutrition Support. During this rotation, I started to network more closely with the interdisciplinary team, speaking with nurses, doctors/fellows, PA's and social workers.
Remaining at Lenox Hill, I further developed my skills as a practicing clinical dietitian - entering my advanced clinical rotation that provided exposure to the highly complex and distinct practices within Critical Care, Total Parenteral Nutrition Support and Kidney Disease states.
In January of 2018, I entered my out-patient dialysis rotation in which I was sited at St. Barnabas Out-Patient Dialysis Center in the Bronx. Unlike my prior experiences at Lenox Hill, I gained an immense amount of knowledge and communication skills in working with patients that came from all over the world - many speaking little English and unable to read beyond the 5th grade level. As much as I educated patients on the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) & Dialysis diet, my patients taught me an incredible amount about cultural dishes and cuisines world wide that I had been unfamiliar with prior to the rotation.
My last clinical rotation was in Long-Term Care at Burke Rehabilitation in White Plains. Here I worked with a four well established dietitians at Burke in which I gained exposure within varying in-patient rehabilitation units: Cardiovascular/Pulmonary, Neurology/Spine, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Orthopedics. This particular rotation was so different than my past clinical experiences in which all patients participate in varying rehabilitation sessions at least 3 hours a day. Patients are encouraged to be mobile and active over the course of the day; thus, it is often difficult for the dietitian to locate the patient. In ensuring all patients are seen, the dietitian attends the patient's meal hours to ensure they are available. During my time at Burke, I also had the opportunity to assist with a nutrition education class for patients encompassing Nutrition for Neurology/Spine patients. I absolutely LOVED my experience at Burke! =)