Make sure you do what’s best for yourself and don’t let management make you hate what you’re doing.
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Behavioral Health Discharge Planner
May - August 2019 • Buffalo, NY
What I liked
I loved working with a variety of people in different fields. I was working in a hospital setting and was surrounded by other discharge planners, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, etc. I had the opportunity to work with many of these people and learn the different roles they each play in a psychiatric unit of a hospital to meet the needs of patients.
What I wish was different
I wish I had gone through safety training. My internship was over the summer, but ECMC only does safety training during the school year (I am not sure why). This limited me in the work I was able to do alone- technically I was not allowed to enter milieu or talk to clients 1:1 without direct supervision.
Confidence is key! You learn by doing, so it is important to believe in yourself that you are capable of the tasks that are required. Also, never be afraid to ask questions. So many people offered me such great insight into a variety of areas, even those not directly related to the work we were doing.