Company/Organization: Valley Hospital
Mentor(s):Joan McGowan, Pat Seavers, Sue Lombardo, Cookie Diaz
Topic of Internship
The Valley Hospital is part of the Valley Health System, along with Valley Home care and Valley Health Medical Group. Located in Ridgewood, New Jersey, this not-for-profit hospital cares for over 440,000 people in several towns around Bergen County and surrounding areas. Valley Hospital has received a myriad of rewards for its excellent service and commitment to the community, including the five-time award under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program. The mission statement for the hospital is under the acronym, “serve:” service, excellence, respect, value and ethics.
Summary of Internship
Interns at the Valley Hospital have the ability to rotate in three departments. My first rotation was in the Mother/Baby/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This exciting department offered an array of opportunities, including viewing procedures, shadowing nurses and doctors, and helping out around the nursery. My second rotation in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Same Day Medical. I had the ability to watch numerous angiograms and other procedures involving the heart. With much anticipation, I got to see a coronary bypass surgery. I was in the actual operating room next to the cardiac anesthesiologist, nearly inches away from living heart. The cardiac surgeon was talking to me throughout the whole surgery. My third rotation was in the Emergency Department. I have rotated through pediatrics, the south emergency room, triage, and minor treatment. My typical day involves shadowing nurses and doctors, while helping them with various tasks. This department offers hands-on experience with limitless flow of knowledge learned.
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