I Finished Block 3!

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You all! I thought this day would never come! I’m in tears! It’s been a rough month. Mostly because I started the month on a rough note. and I think all my issues snowballed into a huge catastrophic problem. But I made it through! I finished block 3!

I will definitely say that I learned a lot during this block. This block was an OB/GYN rotation so there were a lot of complicated pregnant patients. My first day was very overwhelming.

There was a whole bunch of acronyms that I didn’t know and needed to learn. I went through an orientation which always scares you. Because they tell you everything that’s due even if it’s not due soon and all the things that you will be responsible for.

I won’t bore you with the details of everything that was due. It’s irrelevant. What is relevant is my growth and the realizations that I had about myself during block 3. Yeah, I learned a lot of clinical things. But I also learned practical life lessons about myself and where I would like to work in the future. Here’s what I found out during block 3 of my rotations.

It’s the small things that count.

When it comes to working somewhere, it’s the small efforts on part of the people working there that count. That means helping the newbies to adjust and feel comfortable in their new environment.

By adjust, I mean like remembering to show us where the bathroom is, giving a little tour. And even just telling us where the break room is, or where we can put our lunch.

I really had no place to put my stuff most of the time so, I pretty much just left it anywhere. But that’s something that’s important. I enjoyed getting a tour but knowing where the breakrooms were and where I could put my lunch would have been nice.

I got a better tour halfway through my rotation that allowed me to learn that there were multiple breakrooms and pantries to store my lunch. But anyway, they had already made an impression on me from day 1. I had the same issue with my first block too.

I guess because we’re just students on rotation, they don’t always think about the practical stuff. It’s always straight to the business which can only take you so far in terms of retention. Who wants to work somewhere where they don’t care about you even the smallest amount?

I Enjoy Working on My Own

Yes, enjoy having co-workers. But I enjoy working independently. I love being able to work without someone having to look over my shoulder constantly. I know I’m a student in healthcare so I will always be watched. But there are different levels.

I appreciate when we are allowed as student to have some responsibility and play a role in the healthcare of patients. Even if it’s just writing notes in the charts or counseling to patients with some monitoring.

I Enjoy Patient Contact

I enjoy patient contact. That included talking to patients about their medications. Or just interacting with patients in general. It makes that job more worthwhile. And it also makes me feel like I’m helping people directly which I enjoy.

I am able to connect the clinical picture of a patient more when I can actually see what I’m monitoring in real life. In my future job, I need to be somewhere I can actually get patient contact and a chance to feel like I’m doing something that makes a difference.

I would also like to feel like I’m appreciated on my team. There tends to be some misunderstanding between nurses and pharmacists sometimes that creates some animosity.

Some environments are more conducive than others to fostering good relationships. I would love to be on a team where I can work well with the nurses and have an appreciation for each other and what we can do.

In Conclusion

Overall, block 3 was really challenging for me. There were a lot of times where I didn’t think I would make it through. There were a lot of topic discussions. I did couple of presentations which I don’t think I did so bad on.

I would have liked more contact with patients though. But it was a little difficult to do on the units that I was on. Tomorrow, I start block 4. Wish me good luck! Who knows what I’ll be learning next!

Thanks for reading my rant,

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Shika Tamaklo is a pharmacy student attending Mercer University. She is a college lifestyle blogger who writes on fitness, health, student life struggles and, occasionally dabbles in creative writing.

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