Grey’s Anatomy Pt 2 Ft. the Power of Positivity

 

Wonderful clinical nutrition experience related to a positive attitude and hard work as evidenced by a happy dietetic intern.

Only my RD/dietetic intern/dietetic student friends out there will understand the significance of the above sentence. (Hint: it’s the “nutritional diagnosis” structure)

ANYWAY: As one of my best friends would always say: “Positive thoughts=Positive outcomes.” It’s so simple, but it could not hold more truth. I’m not totally sure when exactly I made this transition, but at some point in my life I became a very positive person. I wasn’t always like this, or at least I don’t think I was because even still, if someone were to ask me if I was a positive or negative person, I would feel naturally inclined to say negative. So I take that to mean that in the past, I really did have an overall negative outlook. Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy Pt 2 Ft. the Power of Positivity”

When life gives you lemons…

 

Make lemonade.

Or you could just squeeze them into some hot water and detox the crap out of your body. But we’re not talking about actual lemons today. Today, I want to talk about setbacks.

We all experience them, all the time. Some are so minor they are almost negligible, like spilling coffee on your shirt and being late to work (weekly occurrences in my life… how bout you?). Some are so huge we don’t think we’ll ever recover.

I’m going to start with a personal story.

The Lemons.

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Yesterday I interviewed for a Dietetics & Integrative Medicine fellowship position within my department that I really wanted. I entered the interview with a relatively high level of confidence, but when I came out I felt very different. I knew I didn’t do my best and I had that deep gut feeling that it wasn’t going to end in my favor. I called my mom and told her about the interview with tear-filled eyes (hi mom, I know you’re reading). I was ready to accept that I didn’t get the position, but I hoped for the best.

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Grey’s Anatomy?

Okay. So, I don’t actually watch grey’s anatomy, which apparently is a crime. A lot of my dietetics friends love it. Especially the girls who adore clinical dietetics…which leads me into my actual topic for this post. Prior to my dietetic internship, the few episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” etc were the only “clinical experiences” I had.

Now, dietetics can be an extremely challenging field to be in. Our job as RDs (and RD2bes) is (usually) to guide people in making diet and lifestyle changes that will maintain, improve, or manage their health/condition, performance, and/or quality of life. In any practice area of dietetics, this can be a great challenge. Clinical dietetics is no exception, and from my experience, it’s a whole new level of difficulty.

I’m three weeks deep into my 16-week clinical rotation of my dietetic internship. I am working in a VA hospital, and so far I’ve spent the whole time in the outpatient clinic. I’ll be honest; I’ve been dreading clinical. I am not particularly confident in my medical nutrition therapy (MNT) skills/knowledge and I’ve found a much greater level of interest in community nutrition and other practice areas. Despite this, I always try to keep an open mind and I was actually excited to find out I would be starting with outpatient because I thought it was the type of clinical work I would like. I learned quickly that it was much more of a challenge than I could have fathomed. Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy?”