Since I have always been interested in ways of helping people, I decided to intern at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. Actually, the purpose of this activity was twofold, both to use my time assisting disabled patients and also gain some valuable experience working in a medical environment. Both purposes were fulfilled. Although at first, I felt my contributions to these patients seemed trivial compared to those of the nurses and doctors, I enjoyed seeing that with my limited medical knowledge I was able to make a huge impact on the patient's experience at the hospital.
The patients admitted to the nurse's floor were patients in severe pain who just had orthopedic surgery. My job as a volunteer was to make their stay at the hospital pleasant and more comfortable. I would see the patient from the time they were admitted to the nurse's floor to the time they were discharged. Patients would not stay for more than two to three days, yet over those few days, I formed a priceless relationship that would allow me to share my everyday happenings.
When I arrived to work every Tuesday, I was greeted by my supervisor and the nurses in charge. They gave me a list of the names of the patients and their room number. I would go to each and every room and introduce myself and offer my assistance. From here on, the patients and I would get to know each other and divert our attention from reality. Working continuously, meeting with patients every day, and helping the nurses, would make many people tired. However, I was always energized because I knew if I worked hard, the sincere words of gratitude would overcome my tiredness.
At the end of the my internship, I was asked to describe my experience. I described it in one word, epiphany. Volunteering at the hospital was the most satisfying job that I have ever done. It has taught that materialistic objects will never be my ambition, but motivation for me with be knowing that I made a difference in someone else's life.