dalefarwalkerIn the hospital, I'm learning that nutrition is merely one contributing color in a constantly rotating kaleidoscope of patient care. A dietitian's unique expertise is but one viewpoint tossed amongst the various shapes and perspectives of the other doctors, medical students, nurses, technicians, physicians assistants, social workers, case managers, unit coordinators, physical therapists (who did I miss?). This multidisciplinary team is really quite beautiful, yet it demands quick flexibility and clear communication. A single event-one abnormal X-ray finding, a new IV infection, a hold-up in insurance approval-is enough to rotate the scope and send us all topsy-turvy as we shuffle into new positions.
Despite the inefficiencies, I love the teaching hospital setting. Although I still struggle to confidently communicate my nutrition recommendations to the residents. I think the trick is learning how to frame my recommendations within the context of the larger medical plan. I see myself as one bead (preferably canary yellow!) in this pattern of color, and it is my job to quickly fall into place with each changing scape.
What are your thoughts about teaching hospitals? Do you mind the inefficiency?
Boston Harbor. It's been a beautiful summer.
What did you do this weekend?
I went to Ikea for the first time in over a year! Way too much stimulation for this little heart of mine...afterwards I felt short of breath and pleasantly giddy.
Cheers for Monday!