The past week was QUITE the challenging one. I have been pretty keen since I started working as an RD(t) at the end of June this year, making sure my Manager is aware of areas of practice I’m interested in and seeking more challenging relief/workload areas to cover. During my interview, I let my manager know that I LOVE working in Surgery – the high stress, acute, challenging patients that are admitted in that ward make the day go by SUPER fast since the work is extremely interesting – and I discovered I enjoyed that area after my internship coordinator pushed me to complete my relief rotation of internship there! After working alongside the current Surgical RD a ton and seeking more experience in Surg, I was given a relief coverage placement the past week covering the current Surg RD as she’s away from the vacation – I’m still shocked at the fact I was given it since I am quite new to the RD working world. I was SO stressed the past couple weeks hoping I was successful and didn’t fall flat on my face.
Although I was EXHAUSTED as Friday rolled around, I absolutely LOVED the past week in Surg. There’s a weird adrenaline rush I get in the morning when I enter the office knowing that my day will be busy and full of complex patients. The interdisciplinary team is SO supportive and I feel as though I’m an integral part of their team (sometimes that’s a trait that’s lacking in a couple of the other wards) – plus they made me feel so welcome and supported the whole week. I asked lots of questions to other RDs when I wasn’t sure about my work, got to interact with some amazing patients who were so thankful for the services I provided, and walked away each day looking forward to the next.
Finding the niches you’re interested in can be a huge challenge as a new professional and university grad. Although I think I’ve found the area of practice I love, I’m also part of a generation of individuals who tend to change their mind when they find something that fuels the adrenaline even further. That being said, I hope I have more opportunities to work in Surgery since I enjoyed every minute of that relief week! My last day covering it is tomorrow – I hope the weekend didn’t bring too much mass chaos from a nutrition side of care!
2 thoughts on “A challenging week and finding my niche!”
Do you ever get disrespected as an RD? And did you ever consider doing another major, basically did you ALWAYS want to do dietetics?
Hi there! Does a dietitian have to do a lot of math and different calculations is there math really involved in the job duties? Thanks! 🙂