For my internship experience this semester, I was placed at Hickory Creek Nursing and Rehab Center in The Plains, Ohio. I am a senior undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and will be pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Toledo for the next two years to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Since I have a goal of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, I wanted to be placed in a department that would ensure communication between residents and other co-workers. I am receiving a Gerontology certificate because I strive to work with clients who have dementia or clients who have had a stroke. Hickory Creek has been the perfect placement for me because of the secured dementia unit in the facility. I have been working in the Activities department. The Activities department has been beneficial for me because of the amount of interaction I am able to have with the residents each day.
Some of my daily duties include: taking mail to the residents’ rooms, passing out newspapers, asking each resident in the facility before each activity if they would like to attend, taking the residents to the location of the activity, facilitating activities, providing one on one’s with residents who do not often participate in activities, and filling out paperwork. These daily duties have given me the opportunity to get to know each resident, and to get to know the staff members who work there.
Ohio Scholars has been a very beneficial experience for my career in that it has given me the opportunity to network with individuals who work in departments different than my end goal, but have more importantly opened my eyes to what else is out there. I have always had one end goal on my mind. Ohio Scholars has shown me how many options are out there and available to us if we choose to pursue them. I am thankful for the friends, peers, and professionals that Ohio Scholars has introduced me to and for the many opportunities that will await me because of the Scholar program.