Out of the Mouths of Babes: A Student Perspective

July 10, 2014

Health Partners is blessed to have a very close working relationship with the Edison Community College Nursing and Medical Assistant (MA) schools.  We are lucky enough, here at the Clinic, to receive these MA students for 6 weeks at a time in order to fulfill their requirements and supplement our volunteer staff.  A total win-win!  Our first Edison rotation for the summer brought us Lisa.  She is in the final stages of her schooling and is full of excitement for her new career!  Lisa truly has compassion for those she comes in contact with every day.  She greets every individual as if she were the final mall elf in line to see Santa.  Lisa treats our patients with her medical knowledge and her smile.  We are sad to see her go from Health Partners, but also proud of the work she has done while with us.  Below, Lisa shares her Student Perspective:

As a recent Medical Assistant graduate, I was given Health Partners Free Clinic as my Internship site. This is where I would spend the next six weeks. I was so nervous! After just a few hours the entire staff made me feel very welcomed. I had never heard of HPFC before as I have never been in need of free medical services. I was impressed at how HPFC is conducted just as any “paying” medical office.

Thursday night walk-ins was probably the best experience I could of had as a Medical Assistant. I was able to really put my skills to use. I loved the amount of people that would show up, each with a different story. The Nurse Practitioner, Joann Barhorst is simply amazing!  This facility treats all patients with compassion and understanding. On Tuesday’s we saw lab patients. I got to expand my experience in drawing blood. I didn’t have much confidence in the beginning but after receiving great advice from a few of the volunteer Phlebotomist’s and observing them as well, I was on my way to much greater confidence. I worked with so many volunteer nurse’s, some retired, and am taking away some of the best advice I believe I will ever receive.

As I move on with my career as a Medical Assistant, I will remember HPFC as the place where my experience began!