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My Final Placement

Published October 26, 2012 9:43 AM by Jennifer Preston

What a crazy week!  I started my final fieldwork placement in an acute care setting at a major hospital.  Talk about culture shock.  It is a whole different world there and I am scrambling to learn what I need to survive the next 7 weeks.  Everyone keeps telling me that I will see a lot there.  I have no doubt about that.  In my first four days I have already seen things I have never seen before.  My fieldwork educator (FWE) threw me right in with the first patient and, though I was nervous, I did what I needed to and all went well.  I am already providing treatment on about 50% of my FWE’s patients and about 25% of those I am seeing mostly on my own.  It is great to know that at this point, I am holding my own.  However, if anyone has any tips on how to make my experience in the hospital better, I would love to hear them. 

Also, this past Tuesday, I returned to me previous placement to help with their Halloween event.  I miss those kids already.  It was so much but I was exhausted.  The constant go, go, go pace of the hospital combined with two and half hours of working with kids nearly did me in.  However, I was glad I made the time to go back and help out. 

That brings us to today and this weekend.  In a few hours I will be off to the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA) conference.  I am attending with one of my classmates.  I am looking forward to learning and networking with OTs from around the state.  It is going to be a great experience and one I hope to repeat annually.  I just hope I can make it through the weekend.  I am exhausted! 

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