My First Rotation
This week, I found out where my first clinical rotation will be. My program begins clinical at the end of our first year, in April, at a skilled nursing facility. Mine will be in Hialeah, Fla., part of the Miami area. While I'm excited for tons of delicious coffee, I'm super nervous about the language barrier. The majority of the patients will speak Spanish and Creole. I don't speak any second languages.
The funny thing is that I asked for this, as I want to stay in Miami after graduation and understand the benefit of learning Spanish. A large part of my family is Spanish and Cuban, as well, so I've always wanted to learn, but is 5 months enough time to learn what I need to get by? Will this pseudo-immersion experience finally thrust me into understanding the language I've spent all of high school and college taking? I guess I'll find out.
Other than the language fears, I'm very excited. The facility is a short commute from home and upperclassmen who've been placed there have enjoyed the experience. I've never spent much time in a nursing home so I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm hoping to have a chance to use what I've learned about wound care, transfers, assistive device prescription and more. It's exciting to realize I've actually learned something that may be useful to others in a few short months!