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Emily Christensen

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Greene County Medical Center
Company/Organization website: https://www.gcmchealth.com/
Destination: Jefferson, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Responsibilities of the internship include assisting the nurses with nuclear and graded exercise stress tests. Taking blood pressures, asking RPE's, and progressing cardiac rehab patient's in their rehabilitation. Other responsibilities include leading weight circuits, balance exercises, and stretching.

I accomplished...
The greatest accomplishment during my internship was being able to connect with patient's and make a difference in the rehabilitation.

I learned...
The greatest lesson from my internship experience was learning the importance of patient care and learning that cardiac rehab is not black and white. Every patient is different and their rehab journey should be unique to them.

Advice for others...
Do not be afraid to offer up new ideas that you have learned in your coursework from Iowa State. You may teach the experts you are working with something new.

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