Brittney Novak

Brittney Novak

RUSH Project Improvements


Traveling, cooking, playing recreational sports, reading


Lakeview Food Pantry

September 2013- Present

American Diabetes Assoc. Expo

April 2013

Women, Infants, and Children

May 2009- August 2009

Dietetic Internship

Clinical Experience:

  • Completed five months of in-patient clinical rotations with two weeks of staff relief
  • Provided individualized diabetes instruction on carbohydrate counting and meal planning
  • Presented a patient case study on necrotizing fascitis to clinical staff
  • Completed a review of literature pertaining to the role of omega-3 on cardiovascular disease
  • Provided nutrition counseling to patients at the Davenport out-patient dialysis clinic
  • Lead a lecture pertaining to the dietetic scope of practice, and standards of professional practice

Foodservice Experience

  • In-serviced food service employees on new restaurant style menu and importance of increasing patient satisfaction
  • Completed menu planning and analysis
  • Conducted tray accuracy audits
  • Assisted in placing food orders for school foodservice operation

Community Nutrition Experience:

  • Taught cardiac rehabilitation classes and advised patients on healthy eating
  • Designed vitamin and mineral handouts to use for customer education at Hy-Vee grocery stores in the Quad Cities
  • Provided nutrition counseling to new mothers at WIC
  • Taught nutrition lessons at Clinton Middle School

Thesis Research

Thesis entitled Impact of a Restaurant Style Menu on Patient Satisfaction

Objectives of the study:

  • Compare Rush post-discharge ratings of food temperature, food quality, courtesy of tray passers, and overall hospital before and after implementation of a new menu using data from Press Ganey
  • Examine patient comments related to implementation of a new menu
  • Compare patient satisfaction ratings stratified by patient demographics (age, gender, length of stay and unit)
  • Compare number and reasons for trays ordered through the diet office pre and post implementation of a new menu


Work experience

Work experience
Oct 2013 - Present

Administrative Dietitian

Rush University Medical Center
May 2011 - Oct 2013

Patient Meal Service Supervisor

Rush University Medical Center


Aug 2012 - Present


Rush University
2010 - Present

Iowa State University
2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Science

Bradley University


Aug 2008 - Aug 2018


City of Chicago, State of Illinois
2007 - 2015

Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics