Recently there has been some debate between caregivers over sodium restriction for patients in hospital with Heart Failure. Currently, we have a 2g sodium diet and a 3-4g sodium diet. Our caregivers have requested to place a 500mg sodium restriction for breakfast/lunch/dinner and a snack. Thoughts over more stringent restriction and ways to reduce readmission rates are occurring. However, with ma
I was wondering what the pros/cons are of being an outpatient dietitian at a hospital. Outpatient dietitians can I please get an idea of what your day is like and what you like/don't like about your job? Thanks!!!
I had a very interesting discussion with my friend regarding eggs and their connection to saturated fat which led to him quoting Dr. Michael Greger on how cross sectional studies being used to examine the connection between saturated fat and cholesterol levels are mathematically suppose to fail. Dr Greger cites some very old sources, now I don't know if these sources are ignor
Good Afternoon everyone! I am hoping maybe this forum can lead me in the right direction. I'm at a loss right now, I have just taken the CDR exam for the 4th time and I have missed by 1 point the last 3 times. I've used every study material that I could possibly find. I'm now searching for a tutor. I want to pass this exam so badly, and missing by 1 point every time is so discouraging. If anyone
I've taken the CDR exam a total of 3x and received nearly passing scores of 24, 23, and 24 (most recent fail was yesterday 2/21.) I've used Inman to study (listened, read, flash cards & quizzes) as well as EatRightPrep this most recent attempt. I think I have a good understanding of the content in each of the domains, but somehow can't get over this 1 point hump so, it must be t
If you have failed the RD exam you are not alone. If you failed a few times you are still not alone. My daughter used Inman Guides and studied and failed then added Visual Veggies and I added prayers to St Joseph of Cupertino, patron saint of exams. No matter your religion ask St Joseph for help. My daughter passed second attempt. Good luck and dont ever quit.
Considering applying to a position as a dietitian a fresenius. Those currently working in dialysis clinics, esp fresenius-what are the pros and cons? Are you happy with your current spot? If you work at Fresenius, what are the benefits like? Paid time off for new employees, etc. Are you full time, do you have to cover multiple clinics?
I would absolutely love to become a registered dietitian. I am 29 years old, have a bachelor's in business administration, am married, and have a 3 year old son. I understand that I need to complete a DPD to become internship eligible and then sit for boards. I have a couple of questions in regards to this. Is there a master's route to complete a DPD or to become board eligible? And what is every
Hi Everyone, I'm new here and have never reached out to any students that are in the program, so I thought id give it a try in hopes that I get my questions answered. Im currently enrolled in a community college and I'm not really that close to applying yet, but I wanted to still get information/guidance so that I'm aware.
The Dietetic Program says that its 18 months, but I wanted to know if
Case " 69 year old of 5 feet 9 inches and 54 kg is admitted with diagnosis of End stage liver disease and Porta caval shunt. His appetite is poor. I have planned for 3 meals with 3 small snacks and + Nutrihep formula powder. Please assit me with how many scoops to be added in initial stage. I planned to provide him 2 drinks of nutrihep powder formula in between as 1 snack + 1 at b
I've been working a full time outpatient job with benefits for the past 5 years. My job is essentially telephone and video based weight loss counseling. Most of the time I like what I do. However, I'm concerned that this limited area of knowledge will be an issue in the future if I want or need to get another job.
My commute is 45 minutes to an hour each way currently. I have a strong possi
Hello. I am brand new here and very happy to discover this forum! If I am posting an inappropriate topic or am in the wrong place, please advise.
At this time in my life, I am considering going back to school to be a Registered Dietitian. Currently, I am a college librarian at a private college. At this private college, I could take courses for free to get my courses to eventually obtain the
Can someone tell me the pros/cons of being a lead RD for a dialysis company. Is the pay significant more? I believe the patient census is lower, but you have to attend more management meetings. Any advice is appreciated.
Hi, I am a RD and have recently been very interesting in the area of functional/integrative nutrition. I am considering obtaining the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner certification through IFNCP, which would cost around $450. I don't have my own practice, I work in an inpatient Rehab hospital which obviously is largely operated by conventional medicine practice, however, I still
I may have a unique job opportunity coming up, but need some other RDs input on the ethics of the position: I will be working with an NP at a medi-spa, providing nutrition counseling for woman and men that are receiving hormone therapy (thinking menopause and weight gain, overall weight management, and men with sexual dysfunction). The part that is tripping me up a bit is that the NP wi
I have been an RD for almost 5 years and ultimately would love to further my education. I have been cautioned by several mentors that an MS in nutrition won't "mean" very much as far as career growth or monetarily. Some of my colleagues have suggested an MBA to make myself more well rounded but I'm not sure this is the right track for me. I have a strong interest in clinical nutrition and can't r
I'm seeing a lot of this certification- certified Wellness coach..Since Health Coaching is on the rise- I guess this is part of that trend. Wondered what anyone else thought about this- I think to be marketable- we need to all get certifications...
Looking for guidance about a resident who is on a tube feeding who was just put on a fluid restriction (dialysis). I was under the impression that only the free water component of the tube feeding would count toward the fluid restriction. Dialysis RD indicates that the whole volume of tube feeding counts. Is that accurate?
Hello all! I cant believe this site exists and wish I had found it sooner! I consider myself quite passionate about eating right and believe it plays a huge role in preventing many illnesses. That being said, I would love to help educate people and motivate them to eat better. Thus, dietetics has always been a career path I wanted pursue. However my parents and close friends urged me into nursing
I'm a R.D. working in LTC and responsible for 100% of the documentation, MDS, care plans, etc. I do not have a DTR or CDM. 140 bed facility.
My question is this-- what is the timeframe for actual MDS charting in the medical record? I am familiar with the timeframe for entering the MDS/CAAS in the database, but I'm uncertain as to actual documentation in the medical record. Could someone
Hi all! A few weeks ago I had to deal with the painful experience of being terminated from my first RD job. I was employed in a large acute care hospital as a clinical dietitian for two years but was let go for poor performance. While I am determined to continue my career, I do not know how to address this during interviews let alone how to appeal to recruiters with this on my record. I am trying
I'm an RD in my first year of starting my own counseling business. It's just me, and I'm taking it on as a side project at the moment to a clinical job, learning and building over time. At the moment, I have a pricing structure based on number of appointments, including package options. My area of interest for growth here is in specific weight modification, particularly with more athletic individ
I am currently a dietetic intern and will be graduating from the program in 14 weeks. After going through so many rotations I am hearing so many different things and want some advise/guidance. What should my first starting job be? My end goal is a job that only works weekdays, what jobs besides school food service has this perk? I am open to any advise or input. Thank you so much every
Hi. I work in a long term acute care hospital and we regularly see patients w/ CKD stages 2-4 with malnutrition - wt loss, poor intake, pressure sores, post op wounds, vascular & diabetic related wounds & needing nutrition support. How would you assess their protein needs? My colleague & I do things differently, she is more “by the book” & goes by 0.6-0.8g/kg. I do 0.8
Hi all! I work with a NP who insists on flushing enteral tubes with gatorade for any patient with a low sodium. There is literally a bag filled with fruit punch gatorade hanging on the pole to be used as a flush. She refuses to use saline because she says it causes diarrhea. I know this is not best practice or evidence based but she insists it is. There are no ASPEN guidelines regarding this and