The lesson of
the week? Surprise, surprise, time management. Today was easily the busiest day
I have had as a 4th year student in terms of patient contact. There
are three audiologists at the clinic, including the owner of the practice who
also doubles as my preceptor. I typically see most of the patients under her
schedule. Currently, the routine is for me to open the appointment and engage
the patients. My preceptor concludes the appointment as necessary.
There were 11
patients under our schedule today, not including a few walk-ins. On a day where
my pace is strong, I'm able to have all of the reports from that day completed within 30 minutes or less after close. When I hit a snag, Murphy's Law kicks in and
I may stay well over an hour later finishing dictation and reports. Regardless,
I've always been able to complete the day's work ... until today.
I'm not too far behind, as an early arrival to work tomorrow should remedy the
situation. However, I'm always irked leaving with work not completed. The
lesson learned is very necessary, particularly in a private practice setting.
This is a busy placement where there is no time for lapses in concentration.
That becomes all the more important when you're young and green like me.
Learning on the fly in such a setting is difficult, so learning from mistakes
quickly is imperative.
fast pace and high expectations for service, I'm fortunate enough to be given
the freedom to goof up on a daily basis, so long as they're not repeated mistakes.
They want to see I make it right and learn. As stated last week, I am
still loving what I do and don't see that changing anytime soon. Here's to
another good week!