Company/Organization: The Valley Health System
Topic of Internship
Medicine/Paitent Care/ Cardiac Cath
The Valley Hospital, located in Ridgewood, NJ, serves more than 32 towns in Bergen County which includes more than 400,000 residents. Valley is a non-profit, fully-accredited hospital that has a 55-year history of quality patient care and community service. The Valley Hospital is part of the Valley Health System, along with Valley Home Care,the Valley Medical Group and various other satellite locations. The Valley Health System aims to provide high quality health care at an affordable cost. The Valley Hospital Hospital has earned 10 Gold Seals of Approval for healthcare quality and the Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence from American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, Valley was the first hospital in the tri-state area to be awarded service excellence under J.D. Power and Associates Distinguisehd Hospital Program. the misson statement for the hospital is under the acronym "serve": service, excellence, value and ethics.
Summary of Internship
The beauty of being an intern at The Valley Hospital was that I had the liberty to choose two different rotations in the fields of my choosing. I decided to intern at the Neuroscience Unit and the Cardiac-Catheterization Lab. During my first rotation in the Neuroscience Unit, I was given a set of tasks that I did on a weekly basis. These tasks include but are not limited to completing safety rounds, refilling water pitchers, answering the phones, and restocking the blanket warmer. All though i didn't gain any medical knowledge per say, I gained knowledge that I consider to be far more valuable. In any medical setting, your coworkers are like your teammates. Everyone has their role and a specific job to do. So long as you do your part, you are making a difference, even if you don't realize it. For my second rotation I chose the Cardiac-Cath lab. This rotation has to be by far my favorite because there is so much I have gained from my experience their. As an intern still in high school I wasn't permitted in the procedure room due the exposure to radiatin exerted by the x-ray machines. However, I was able to watch the various procedures from the control room. Overall my internship had its ups and downs but in the end I was able to experience things I could only dream of, and thats all that matters.
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