A Wonderful Place to Intern!
Social Services Intern (Former Employee) – Woodsville, NH – July 10, 2017
As an intern with the social services department of the hospital, my days usually began with a briefing from my supervisor of the previous evening's events and the current day schedule. I participated in team meetings, except ones that contained highly confidential information that fell beyond the limitations of my status. Everyone was very friendly, eager to teach what they could, and welcomed me from the beginning. I visited patients who needed short and long-term care from the hospital as well as home health care; assisted in acquiring resources for the patients; and spent many hours researching the health insurance, care, and resources available for the surrounding areas of Vermont and New Hampshire and as a result of my research; I worked alongside the director of the hospital's rules and regulations and was able to participate in focus groups, creating and implementing updated and improved regulations for the hospital. I learned policies, terminology, treatment options, and most importantly, the professionalism of a social services worker in a hospital setting. The hardest part of the job was leaving it behind when the day was done and transitioning from the needs of patients into the needs of the rest of the day; the most enjoyable part was working closely with individuals who were so eager to inspire and educate, as well as the warmth received from many patients.
Extensive training in professionalism and social services atmosphere, a flexible routine, connecting people with resources and, consistently learning.
Transitions from patient to patient can be difficult at times, especially when a death of a patient occurs, loss is unavoidable, as an intern I was unable to participate in classified events.