Active listening was a very useful skill I had coming into LINK. It is very important that the medical assistants and the Physician Assistants listen to their patients. They need to know what their patient needs are in order to treat them. During my LINK I was able to talk to an elderly lady who would come in mostly for encouragement. She brought in pieces of wood where she colored them in with felt tip markers. She gifted one to the Registered Nurse I was working with. She was talking a lot about the art she does and I was able to talk to her about it too as I am also interested in art. It was really nice that we let her talk and we listened because we were able to learn things about her and encourage her.
An important skill I developed during LINK was advocating for myself. Sometimes when I was working with the Registered Nurse, I would want to do something more active because most of their work was on the computer. The first few days I would be to shy to advocate for myself so I would sit there quietly. After a few days, I got more comfortable and realized that I didn't want to spend my LINK just observing. I finally got the courage to ask them if they could show me new things or if I could work with the Medical Assistants. By doing this, I was able to get more out of my LINK and I was able to enjoy it more. This taught me to always advocate for myself even though its hard for me because I need to take charge in what I'm doing.
Mercy Regional Medical Center is a very important hospital because they try to better patients health in many ways. They really care about everyone of their patients and have a connection to a certain extent. Everyone there is committed to meet the patients needs. This hospital specializes in so many different departments with very caring and hardworking staff. Accepting high school interns is something they must continue in the future. It helps them think about what they want to do in the next years. This helped me look into different clinics and see which one I liked the best and which position I would like to take. For my next steps moving forward, I would like to go to school and possibly study to be a Physician Assistant. My original plan was to be a Registered Nurse but after this experience, I decided that it wasn't a good fit for me.