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This conflict occurred pretty recently, when I was covering for one of my coworkers in the emergency department. A school age patient came in for a deep laceration on his finger. Before doing stitches, the physician planned to do a digital bock that required 2 lidocaine injections. I went in to prep the patient and his family for the procedure, and when I was prepping the patient, I noticed that he didn't have any LET cream on his hand to numb the area prior to the lidocaine injections. Following preparation, I asked the physician if she was going to use LET cream to ease the pain of the injections. She said that since the ED was so busy, she'd forgotten to put an order in, and decided the patient could do without the LET cream. Before responding, I tried to get a better understanding as to why she didn't want to use LET. She responded by saying that other patients were waiting and LET would take too long to soak in. To me, this didn't seem to be a decision that was made in the best interest of the patient. Though the physician of course knew about the pain that would be accompanied by lidocaine injections, I reminded her of that and asked when she was planning to do the repair. She responded by saying she planned to go in in about 10 minutes. We came to a resolution when I asked her if she could place an order for LET, thinking that having it set for just 10 minutes, although it wouldn't be fully effective, would at least be better than not having any numbing agent at all. She agreed, and I reminded her that I would be present during the procedure to help her patient cope effectively, and to hopefully make her role easier.
One of my favorite interactions would probably be with a 3yo patient who was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and was being treated in the CICU. She underwent a heart transplant the week before, and I wanted to check in and see how she was progressing. This particular patient really enjoyed spending time with people and loved doing arts and crafts, so I wanted to have something prepared, but also knew that she may not be up for it, given that she'd just had a major surgery. When I arrived at her room, she was clearly very weak and somewhat tired. I still presented the activity to her, just in case she wanted to participate, but she shook her head "no." I tried to come up with different activities that she may be more interested in that would still allow her to rest, such as reading or singing songs to her, which from previous interactions, I knew she really enjoyed. It wasn't until I offered her her baby doll that I got a response. I asked if she needed to give her baby doll a bath, and she indicated "yes." So, we spent some time playing with her baby doll and I would gently help the patient grasp the washrag or baby's brush. She began smiling, and the nurse said it was the first time she'd really attempted to talk since her transplant. I really enjoyed this interaction because it kind of took me "back to basics" and really reinforced how play is so powerful for patients. It was also likely the first sense of normalcy she'd had since surgery, and I was grateful to be a part of it.
I consider my greatest strengths to be communication, flexibility, and ambition. As both a child life student and professional, I have been commended for my communication skills. Four weeks into my internship, I received a 4 out of 4 rating on my ability to effectively document during my initial evaluation, signifying one to two years experience as a child life specialist. I believe my strength in flexibility increased while working with children and adolescents with autism as a registered behavior technician. I was required to adapt the environment, as well as my teaching methods, to meet the needs of my clients. Additionally, flexibility was necessary to appropriately address and manage consistent changes in behavioral responses. My ambition is demonstrated in many areas of my life, but specifically during my last semester of my undergraduate degree, when I took 24 credit hours, worked part time, participated in several university organizations, and received a 4.0 for the semester.

1. Doubt myself and my abilities - remind myself of all that I have accomplished thus far and the unique skills I have that I can bring to the table.
2. Have a hard time maintaining a healthy work/life balance - setting boudnaries for myself by saying "no" more often when I feel overwhelemed and like I can't take on a task, practicing self care
3. Overthinking - become fixated on my mistakes and have a hard time making decisions because of my overthinking, fixing that by giving myself a time limit for making decisions