Student Information

Student Name

Marisol Rodriguez




Internship Information

Company/Organization: New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical

Mentor(s):Mary Clark

Topic of Internship

Medical- Orthopedic Surgery

Background Information

Since its opening in 1868, New York- Presbyterian Hospital has become one of the most inclusive university hospitalís in the world, consisting of leading specialists in every field of medicine. It is composed of two renowned medical centers and is also affiliated with two Ivy League medical institutions, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospitalís mission of providing excellent healthcare through compassion and care has earned it a reputation of a heathcare leader. For the year of 2010, New York-Presbyterian Hospital ranked higher in more specialties than any other hospital in the New York area by the U.S. News & World Reportô.

Summary of Internship

As an intern at New York- Presbyterian Hospital I have been given the opportunity to experience the life of a nurse every Thursday. At first, I was very confused with what department I wanted to be in and being a minor was a factor as well. It prevented me from being able to be in certain departments. I ended up choosing the Orthopedic Surgery department. In this department, treatment is provided for musculoskeletal disorders, bone fractures, trauma, joint diseases and injuries, and spinal injuries. I have spent my time helping the nurses of the 7 Garden North floor take care of patients in order to provide them with a speedy recovery. My day usually consists of discharging patients, making patient information packets, answering call bells, and taking on the role of the Unit Assistant, which consists of me being a secretary. Through this internship I gained the experience of what life is like for a nurse and how to conduct myself in a hospital.

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