Sunday, February 9, 2014

Last Week at St. Clair

On Friday I said goodbye to my first clinical rotation site. Turning in my badge was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand I had completed my FIRST EVER clinical rotation, but on the other I had become so comfortable at St. Clair and really enjoyed going to work each day and loved working with all the employees. I've never felt so accomplished, yet sad at the same time. 

If I had to give one word to sum up my grossing experience at St. Clair it would be "hysterectomy".  I would have never thought that I would have grossed 14 hysterectomy specimens by the end of my first five weeks. It even got to the point where one of the Pathologists walked through the lab one day and said "Nicole, every time I come in here you have a uterus at your bench!" Don't get me wrong, I was able to gross plenty of other specimens as well, but each day didn't feel complete unless there was a uterus involved. 

I am so appreciative that they let me have a try at a variety of specimens, including the bigger, more complex ones. I was able to see and learn a lot in my first five weeks (but still have a lot more to see) and I definitely have gotten the hang of dictating. It was an awesome feeling every time I was able to gross a specimen without referencing a textbook or past dictations. This rotation definitely gave me the confidence I needed and was an awesome foundation to the start of my career as a PA. I couldn't have asked for a better first rotation!

This next week I'll be at UPMC Shadyside Tissue Bank - more to follow!

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