Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center
Mentor(s):Ms. Cathy Dipasquale
Topic of Internship
Hackensack University Medical Center was founded in 1888 as the first hospital in Bergen County. It is a hospital that is strongly dedicated to quality patient care. This hospital values hospital cleanliness and provides a comfortable and inviting experience for the patients and staff (they even offer valet parking). The hospital has over 1,600 volunteers. It is the fourth largest hospital in the country. Hackensack University Medical Center has been accredited with numerous awards and recognitions for quality care and quality physicians.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at Hackensack University Medical Center, you can expect to begin by doing courier runs the first few weeks. Because the hospital is phenomenally large, and because there are so many departments to explore, this is necessary. Courier runs involve transporting materials (e.g. blood, paperwork) from one department to another. After getting a feel of the hospital, you are able to choose a department to work in. I was given the opportunity to work with many employees in different departments and help them in various exciting activities. At the pediatric department, I was trained on how to handle the children. Inquiring about the child’s illness or commenting about their physical appearance was not allowed. My job was to entertain the children in the waiting room and playroom on all three floors, while their parents were speaking with a physician. I colored with the kids in coloring books and read to them with materials provided by my mentor. I was also in charge of tidying the playroom and waiting rooms. One of the requirements was to page my contact person upon arriving and leaving for safety precautions. I participated in a project that enabled me to help the children in Haiti by having the children decorate paper bags to send as goody bags to the victims in Haiti.
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