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Brianna Lee

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Mary Greeley Medical Center
Company/Organization website: https://www.mgmc.org/medical-services/heart-vascular-care/cardiac-rehabilitation/
Destination: Ames/Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
My responsibilities included: Learn Phase I and II cardiac rehabilitation processes in a AAVCPR certified cardiac rehabilitation program, learning basic telemetry monitoring and interpreting EKG strips, monitoring patients throughout exercise using RPE scale and taking resting, exercise and recover blood pressures, lead stretching, give exercise knowledge, assisting patients with weight and band exercises, help adjust exercise prescriptions, assist with 6 minute walk tests, class preparation, and some office duties.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment through this internship was helping patients get healthier and grow throughout their cardiac rehabilitation program. This is a very rewarding job, and it’s amazing watching the transition from start to finish of each individual. Some of my other goals throughout the internship at Mary Greeley were to get better and more confident at taking blood pressures and reading telemetry strips. I got the opportunity to practice these every day and became much, much better at both throughout my internship with the guidance of many informative nurses.

I learned...
I learned that there is a much greater importance for cardiac rehabilitation than I thought. I did not realize how many people are affected by heart disease just in one small area. My view changed on the demographics of people with heart disease as well. You see the widest populations in cardiac rehab, from an avid everyday exercisers to sedentary couch potatoes; young adults to adults who are almost 100 years old. Most importantly, I learned about top contributing factors to heart disease and made some changes to my lifestyle as well! Eat healthy, exercise and manage your stress!

Advice for others...
1.)Get started early with finding the right career paths for yourself. Each experience/internship you get teaches you something new about different programs, about yourself and your interests. 2.)Interpersonal skills are essential! 3.)Be ambitious with what you want to do and everything will work out, even if it’s not the way you planned it to happen.

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