THE SNDA Spotlight looks into the lives of different individuals within the field of nutrition and dietetics! These spotlights will expand our mind to the diverse experiences & advice that they have to give! Our first SNDA spotlight is SFSU Alum Sandra Chavez who not only completed her internship but is now an RD! Check out her Instagram @nourishednerd!
Name: Sandra Chavez
Internship: Morrison Healthcare DI
What guided you into the field of dietetics: I've had many facets of health and nutrition send me on my path but the most impactful was my grandfather. He had Type 2 diabetes with several complications including an amputation. He passed away when I was 5 from those complications. I wanted to help others understand that T2DM can be managed with dietary modifications and a bit of hard work.
What did you love about your internship: I loved the opportunity to see a wide range of clinical nutrition applications. My facility included NICU and eating disorders.
What did you find challenging: Note writing is very different from school. It's even different based on each facility. You just have to go with the flow on that.
What was the most memorable moment of your internship: Planning and executing a Chef's table event in a corporate cafeteria. I got to share my love for food and sell a few dishes to the customer.
What is the one piece of advice you would give a dietetics student: never be discouraged from asking questions. There's so much to learn about dietetics, hospitals, and other facilities that it's better to ask than make assumptions. Your preceptors won't get annoyed, trust me.
What class(es) at SFSU prepared you the most for your internship: MNT 2. I STILL refer back to my notes if I'm not sure about something. If the notes aren't the same as my hospital's policy the notes at least guide me in the right direction.
Now that you're done, how are you gonna celebrate!: Oh man, my internship ended back in April so I traveled with my husband before getting down to studying for the exam
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