On Monday, I taught my last total knee replacement pre-op class & it went smoothly. I did it all by myself with Lori just watching. Later on, the clinical nurse manager of the unit came & told me I did an amazing job teaching the patients, woot! Tuesday was my last day being supervised by Gaby since she was going on maternity leave. She said I'd be a great OT, yay! Also, the RN that does pre-op class told me that during one of his follow up calls to the patients, a previous patient of mine said that I was the nicest, sweetest, understanding OT. The RN said she totally raved about me during that follow up call :)
Gaby & I :)
On Thursday, I went to sign onto all my patients & noticed that I couldn't find one of them on the active patient list. Then I decided to look on the "all patients list" & to my dismay, I saw that she was "expired" (I hate that term btw). I was sitting in the ortho gym when I saw that & I was completely upset (on the inside) since it was the first patient I had that passed away to my knowledge. I just sat there for a minute & thought about how I just evaluated her for OT the previous day, how spunky she was complaining about how her left butt cheek hurt. It was just unreal to me :( Despite that, I was able to prove I could carry a full caseload that day. Since Lori didn't say anything about keeping me another 2 weeks, Vinh took me out to Black Angus to celebrate early on my passing :D
Om nom nom food!
Friday was my last day at O'Connor & I decided to walk around the outside of the building, take in the fresh air on a nice sunny day. Nice day for my last day for sure :)
Goodbye badge :(
We try our best to say "I will" to the patients
Close-up of the front entrance
I went up to the break room & Isabel & Dana come in looking for Lori. Isabel broke the news to me that another one of my patients passed away the evening prior about 40 minutes after I left work. Again, I was upset on the inside, but I had to move on since I had work to do. I left the break room & headed into our office to look at my schedule for the day. I see that Gary wrote a note on the OT board. Then I go to sign onto my patients & Dana calls going "Come to the break room right now! Thanks!" I figured something was up so I log off & enter the break room & most of the rehab staff was there with a surprise brunch for me as my going away party!
Aww! You can see my pink magnet, too!
Cookies, fruit salad, french toast, sausage, bacon, juice & coffee...
After brunch & seeing two patients, I sat down with Lori & she went over my final evaluation. Obviously, I passed, but with the bare minimum of 122. However, considering the awkward circumstances I had to go through the first half of my fieldwork, passing is pretty darn good! She wrote a summary about me as well.
Annie has worked very hard during this internship to overcome some challenges. I am proud of her for being so dedicated and willing to keep trying. This was a different environment for her at times since it often requires: confidence, assertiveness, flexibility & strong communication skills. I have seen great growth with Annie during these 12 weeks and know she will continue to grow & learn in whatever area she decides to practice as an occupational therapist.
I met with Gary as well to talk about the internship program & how things went. Afterwards, I had lunch, did my last evaluation & said goodbye to the staff! I had to hand over my lock, keys & badge :(
Lori & I in front of the OT board
Gary & I in front of the OT board
Chris & I in front of the OT board
My congratulations card from the staff :)
Despite all the difficulties I've had at O'Connor, I actually enjoyed myself the last two weeks & I am proud of what I was able to accomplish! Now I can thoroughly enjoy the holidays before starting to study for the dreaded board exam :)