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Brittney Uhlrich

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise ScienceSecondary minor: Health Promotion

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Story Medical
Company/Organization website: http://www.storymedical.org/
Title: Intern
Destination: Nevada
Timeframe: 10 weeks

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
2. Assist in Cardiac Rehab Phase II, structuring exercise prescription and monitoring conditions during sessions under supervisions. Assisting with teaching community exercise class under supervision. Assist with sub-maximal stress testing for Phase II and Phase III. Assist on designing exercise prescription for new participants and alterations in exercise plan as needed. Creating or utilizing existing Wellness education lectures to be presented in hospital or community participation. Assist in planning and implementation of hospital sponsored wellness events (All activities done at Story County Medical on 6th street in the wellness clinic. Some outings for the hospital and department).

I accomplished...
During this internship I first got to learn about the company and how the classes worked. As time went on I got to learn a warm-up that hit all parts of the body that were easy for the elderly to do. I learned to modify the warm-up to fit cardiac rehab patients that were not doing upper body and some that could not lift up or use their arms. I got to write work outs based on fitness testing that I got to asses. I got to read charts and know what each situation meant, such as different surgeries an individual had. I got take resting and workload vitals. I learned how to enter in information after testing and before, as well as cardiac rehab information to continue progressing clients. I learned how to spread wellness awareness through projects that were presented to employees. I attended several meetings to see the background of the hospital such as foundation meetings, safety meetings, director’s meetings etc. I creating workout plans for weight training in the elderly. I experienced time management and person to person relations.

My most valuable effort...
I got to build a safe handling project for the whole hospital with the CNO of Story Medical. It was awesome to see the background in the hospital. I got to learn about equipment and what each position in the hospital did. I learned how to professional say I need help or more explanation. I presented the project in front of the top managers of the hospital.

I learned...
My most valuable experience was just building relationships with people. I was very hands on, but the vitals and writing workouts were things I already had experience in. Getting to know the clients was harder for me. You had to pick up on small things and care about their lives. They took the time to help me learn so I wanted them to know I cared about them. They had lots of health questions and knowing their background helped me relate my answers to them.

I will never forget...
My most memorable experience was hearing the clients stories about how much their lives have changed. They talk about being about to pick up their grand kicks, walking around the mall shopping for presents instead of giving money, planning trips since they do not get too tired and just all of the life improvements they see in such a short time. Most individuals in phase III have been their for years and would not give up their exercise for anything.

A surprising discovery...
Everyone I came in contact with had a deep passion for getting to know me. They wanting to know what advice they could give me and opened up about their experiences. I was so surprised about how much they cared since they knew I would only be there for 10 weeks. They let me take blood pressures more then once if I would not hear, or let my supervisor explain something several times before I did it on them.

Advice for others...
This is an awesome internship. While it might be unpaid, you are so hands on and stay busy. The times are not bad after the first week or two. The classes are so much fun and love to joke around and get to know you. Take the experience for all it is worth because it goes fast.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I got an E-mail from my adviser about another intern dropping out at the last minute.

I landed this assignment by...
Before my interview I did research about the company and who I would be working with. I tried to get to know my supervisor in the meeting and really show how interested I was with wanting to grow professionally.

I wanted this experience because...
I have done a lot with sports and wanted to try something knew. I love health and exercise. I want to help people become healthy through exercise. This internship was both cardiac rehab and maintenance programming through phase III

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