Company/Organization: Hackensack Hospital/ Hackensack University Medical
Topic of Internship
Hackensack University Medical Center is a Non- Profit organization, being one of Bergen Countyís first hospitals in 1888. When it was first founded in 1888, it only contained 12 beds and has grown every year to become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. Since then, they have added about 800 more beds to their facilities. With more than 9,000 employees and 2,200 medical staff members at hospitals within the network, Hackensack University Health Network is the largest healthcare system in Northern New Jersey. Hackensack Hospital is recognized for its patient care and services and this still continues as of today.
Summary of Internship
My internship at Hackensack University Medical Center started out experiencing a new environment. Being in a hospital was never a problem for me and the vibe that I felt when I first walked in was as if thatís where I should be. I was comfortable, which is something that many people canít say. On the first day, I was introduced to Cathy (my mentor) and she told me to be trained by one of the volunteers there. It was an older guy, and he showed me how to do a run. Basically, someone calls down to the volunteer office and asks if they can either have a drop off or a round trip. Then one volunteer will go and run that errand. It can be to the copy room, the blood bank, the stat lab or another building. I did that every once in a while, very randomly. Cathy usually sends me to different places around the Medical Center such as the John Theurer Cancer Center to help the other volunteers serve lunches to the cancer patients on certain floors. I liked doing that every once in a while because it helped me to remain comfortable around sick patients. It helps me to obtain different experiences within the hospital, itself. Sometimes, I go to the Presidentís office, Mr. Garrett, and help him and his assistants with projects. The best part volunteering at the Hospital is being recognized as someone who does a good job for my mentor, and it gives me, as well as my mentor, a good name. I will definitely use these skills in my future, within and without the work area.
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