Self directed, enthusiastic nutrition professional with a strong work ethic and a wide range of interests. Committed to providing outstanding patient care through team work and evidence-based nutrition therapy. Excellent interpersonal skills with patients, visitors and team members. Competent in all aspects of care for in-center hemodialysis patients including diet counseling, bone managment, and evaluation of dialysis adequacy and kinetics. Also experienced in management of enteral and parenteral nutrition support as well as theraputic diets. Strong research, computer, and writing skills. Comfortable working in a dynamic and diverse environment.
Nov 2011 - Present
Spend quality time with a Little Sister/Mentee
Oct 2011 - Present
- Assess nutritional needs of patients with End Stage Renal Disease who are recieving in-center hemodialysis
- Provide one-on-one diet counseling to patients to help them control nutrition related labs with diet and medications.
- Competent in bone management
- Competent in kinetic modeling and active in adequacy tracking and recommending necessary changes to dialysis orders to ensure that patients recieve appropriate dialysis treatments.
- Participate in quality management and tracking
- Provide staff education in appropriate areas including nutrition and bone management related medications, adequacy of dialysis and the dialysis diet
- Act as the clinic staffs' Wellness Advocate by attending corporate meetings and relaying information about various company-sponsored wellness programs to clinic staff
Apr 2011 - Present
- Provide wellness counseling and interpretation of health numbers (i.e. cholesterol, weight, blood pressure) at corporate health fairs.
- Provide brief, individualized counseling sessions focusing on food and nutrition as a way to improve health and wellness.
- Adapt quickly to varying needs of clients at corporate wellness events.
Jun 2009 - Jul 2011
- Assess nutritional needs of medically complex patients, including those on mechanical ventilators, dialysis, those with extensive wounds (i.e. multiple fistulae and infected decubitus) and transitioning to oral intake after emerging from comas
- Implement and adjust nutrition interventions; coordinate care with medical and therapy teams as well as patients and families
- Competent in the management of enteral and parenteral nutrition support. Routinely manage an average of 7-10 patients on parenteral support; hospital averages 70 enteral patients
- Familiar with computer-based documentation
- Act as a preceptor to dietetic interns
Nov 2009 - Jul 2011
- Provide clinical nutrition services on an as needed basis at an acute care hospital
- Assess nutritional needs and devise nutritional plans of care for patients in the ICU and on the general floors
- Provide patient education regarding therapeutic diets
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009
- 1,226 hours of supervised practice experience including development of the following skills:
- Knowledge and application of nutrition and disease (physical rehabilitation, long term care, cardiac critical care, neuro critical care, intensive care, renal disease, diabetes)
- Nutrition assessment in acute care, long term care and outpatient settings
- Diet education for in-patient and out-patient populations, including group and individual counseling.
- Food safety protocol for facilities and food preparation.
Jun 2008 - Aug 2008
Camp California Fitness
- Camp California Fitness was a residential-style camp that integrated fitness, nutrition and personal development to foster adaptation of healthy lifestyle habits in adolescent girls.
- Responsibilities included teaching nutrition and cooking classes and developing teaching materials, mentoring nutrition students and overseeing their classes, coordinating with campus dining, and monitoring and mentoring campers.
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009
8 credits of graduate level course work completed concurrently to supervised practice.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Management issues in Dietetics
- Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics
Aug 2004 - May 2008
Bachelor of Science
Relevant course work:
- Physiological and Biochemical Basis of Human Nutrition
- Nutrition Communications and Counseling
- Nutrition and Disease
- Implementation of Nutritional Care
I made major contributions to, and was responsible for compiling and editing a child and parent focused weight loss tool kit during my supervised practice rotation at Riley Hospital for Children's Pediatric OverWeight Education and Research clinic. Please ask for more information. I will not post the tool kit as the final product does not belong to me.
During my rotation at the Women Infants and Children (WIC) office I made this poster about whole grains, which were added to the WIC food package in 2009.
As an assignment, a classmate and I developed, implemented and evaluated a nutrition education program aimed at preschoolers. The PowerPoint contains highlights of that project. *Click on the "full screen" button at the lower right of the slide show to view full size slides*
I created this pamphlet on vegetarianism as part of a class assignment.
As Nutrition Director at Camp California Fitness, I organized 8 weeks of lesson plans.