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Idil Ahmed

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Company/Organization: Broadlawns Medical Center
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Destination: Des Moines/ IA
Timeframe: Summer

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I was responsible for...
My responsibility/job description included: conducting and observing FIT test and PAP test. I was also of designing flyers that would be hung around the hospital.I did research on current infection/ public health topics, attend weekly/monthly meetings. I had the privilege to watch webinars alongside my coordinator which increased my knowledge on topics rarely discussed in the media.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment during my internship was bringing the hand hygiene topics to light. Many times the focus of hand hygiene is geared toward the patient and not the healthcare profession. I had the opportunity to conduct hand audits which were used to gather close to accurate on the amount of proper hand hygiene which can later be used in the monthly infection prevention meetings.

I learned...
My greatest lesson learned during my internship has to be always be optimistic and to always keep trying. Many times you have to challenge the staff and show them you can handle certain task given to you even though they might think you can't. It is also and opportunity where you can show your knowledge and be a part of the agency.

Advice for others...
My advice to future students would be to look for an internship you see a future career in or one you are interested in. If you like the internship it makes it more enjoyable.

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