Interning at Potomac Falls

One of our biggest commitments here, at Potomac Falls Health & Rehab, is continuing education by partnering with local college/universities to help students prepare for their future.  This semester, we would like you to meet our social services intern, Rebecca Van Trees.  She is a graduate from George Mason and pursing a degree in Social Work & a minor in Criminology.  We have asked her to write up a brief summary once a month of her internship so you can see what it is like working in our center, from the viewpoint of an intern.

If you are a college student and need some interested in becoming an intern or if you are nurse and interested in doing clinicals here, please contact our HR department at 703.834.5800.


October:

In the past month, I have been doing social services admissions assessments. This gives me the opportunity to interact with the patients when they first arrive at Potomac Falls. It also gives me a glimpse into the patient’s history. The most important thing I have done in the past month is one of the assignments required for my internship. I had to do a process recording where I had to have a conversation with a patient. The purpose of the assignment was to give us an opportunity to practice all of the tools we have learned in the social work program. I look forward to continuing learning while at Potomac Falls!


September:

Hi, my name is Becca Van Trees and I am senior at George Mason University where I am a social work major with a minor in criminology. I will be interning at Potomac Falls until I graduate in May with my bachelors in social work. As a part of my internship, I will be writing monthly posts about my internship experience. This could range from my interactions with the patients or my experience as intern.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been getting oriented with the facility. I have been learning about the policies and the role of social services at Potomac Falls. The role of social services is to help with discharge planning for patients when they leave. This could be home health care, hospice, moving to an assisted living facility, or even going to long-term care. I have been learning about the different health care agencies that partner with Potomac Falls.

I have realized that there is a lot I need to learn about insurance. I know there are a lot of different insurances. Medicare, Keiser, and managed care such as Tricare. There are still several aspects of insurance that I still need to learn and I will learn about this while interning.

These posts will give me an opportunity to share my experiences at Potomac Falls. I look forward to writing these monthly posts until May when I will leave the facility. This internship will help me to grow and allow me to use the skills that I have been learning in school.

Look for my next post in November where I look forward to sharing about all the things I will have learned about Potomac Falls!