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So I have been on this community quite awhile (at least a year), but I don't think I ever did this...

Name:  Lauren (now MS, RD, LD)!
Location:  Birmingham, AL

I am a: Registered Dietitian/Assistant Professor of Holistic Nutrition at a natural health school

What drew you into the field of dietetics?  Looooove to cook.  And Eat. :)  Plus, my mom was an RN.

Anything else you think we should know?  I just finished up my MS in Human Nutrition where I had a teaching assistantship, and then got my job - it's very "alternative" - so far I'm loving it.  It's all about health promotion/disease prevention through whole, organic, and local foods.  

My favorite book as of late has been Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver.  I highly recommend it to all RDs!

ethical (?) question

I work as a clinical dietitian in a very small community hospital. The other day we had a patient come in with uncontrolled diabetes and a non-healing wound. He's actually had two toe amputations and was admitted this time for a third. The thing is, he has no interest in controlling his diabetes through medication or diet. The dietitians who worked before me have all documented that he has no interest in anything we have to offer him. Ok so anyway, the charge nurse offered him a doughnut in front of me, which he took and ate. Several other nurses were around, all joking about it and about me being there. I just started in this position and really don't know any of the nurses yet.

Am I way off base in thinking that was pretty inappropriate? Not because I was there, but in general? The nurses should be encouraging the patients to do what's best for themselves... right?

I didn't know how to handle the situation and am interested in your opinions. This patient will be staying for several days for antibiotic treatment so I am sure to see him again.

Hello everyone! Intro post...

Name:  Sharla
Location:  Hattiesburg, MS

I am a: Registered Dietitian- Nutrition Support

What drew you into the field of dietetics?  Interest in general health and healthy eating.  I was always interested in the GI tract.  It was my favorite system in A&P back in high school and I liked learning which vitamins and minerals do what.  I also wanted to try to help other people realize that they can eat healthfully and still enjoy food.  I have also always enjoyed cooking/ experimenting in the kitchen. 

Anything else you think we should know?  Hmm... not that I can think of at the moment.   I've been a practicing RD for only a year now.  Working mostly in critical care as part of a nutrition support team. 

Dietetics in the 50s

I was watching some Mystery Science Theater 3000 on YouTube today.... and before most of the movies they make fun of a short. This short was about women going to college, and they talk about dietitians for a couple of minutes. It's nice to see how the profession has changed in the last 50 years... dietitians do more than serve the food to the patients now!

It starts at 7:20, and then again at 9:15.


New to Dietetics

Hello, everyone.

I'm a recent college grad with a B.S. in biology and I'm interested in entering the field of dietetics. I knew from the beginning I wanted to pursue a career in health care, but I never really considered dietetics until now. I've always had a passion and interest in the food sciences and a desire to work in public health, so dietetics really seems like the ideal career pathway.

I've been looking into a lot of B.S./M.S. programs, but I'm not sure which of the two I should apply for? A lot of schools in California are going through budget cuts and are not accepting secondary bachelor's degree applicants (it wouldn't make much sense to complete another 4 years just to earn another B.S., right?).

Ultimately, I'd like to become a registered dietitian, and it seems like my options are to either earn a postgraduate diploma or a master's degree.

I'd like to apply as a graduate student. But I graduated with a 3.0 GPA, and I'm trying to figure out what to do to strengthen my ability to apply to graduate school. At the moment, I don't feel as though my application would be competitive to apply as a grad student in a dietetics program.

If there's anyone else who's been in my shoes (earned a B.S./B.A. in a non-dietetics field), I'd greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions! If anyone is from California, I'd love to find out what CA schools would be appropriate for someone like me! Of course, I'm willing to keep my options open and apply to out-of-state schools too!

Relevant coursework that I've completed (that are pre-reqs in most programs that I've looked into):

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