Career Goals

Within the next couple of months I hope to take and pass my Board of Registered Dietitians exam and obtain a job in clinical dietetics as a Registered Dietitian.  I hope to acquire a job as a clinical dietitian in the NICU or Pediatrics/PICU floors working with children and babies.  After one year of working with premies and children, I plan to apply for a fellowship specializing in Pediatrics and Neonatology Nutrition.  After 5 years practicing as a Registered Dietitian, I hope to continue working with children and babies in the hospital while also working with outpatient pediatrics for childhood weight management and other nutritional and disease specific needs.

Dietetic Internship Plan

Food Service Rotation: Fall 2012

    Neptune Dining Hall:

      The food service rotation was completed at Neptune Dining Hall on NIU's campus.  During this rotation I

          was able to experience and participate in many different activities that involved the day to day life of food

          service.  I worked with food production, participated at menu development meetings, forecasted various

          meals throughout the rotation, and worked with personnel management to create, prepare and serve

          meals in the full service dining hall.  During the time spent there I was also able to create, budget, and

          implement a tropical themed dinner for 462 university students.

Lifecycle Rotation: Spring 2013

  NIU RecCenter:

    During my time at the NIU RecCenter, I was able to experience and conduct many unique counseling

      sessions that included eating disorders, weight loss, GERD, various GI conditions, high blood pressure and

      cholesterol, and obesity.  I also was able to hold a question and answer session with a group of

      students discussing various nutrition and health promotion questions. 

  CATCH Nutrition Lessons:

    Throughout the entire semester I had the opportunity to teach nutrition education lessons at a local

      elementary school teaching on topics such as sugary drinks, exercise, fats, snacking, and Go, Slow, Whoa

      foods. 

  Oakcrest Retirement Center:

    During my time at Oakcrest, I was able to do a wide variety of projects and see a lot patients.  One of the

      projects I completed was taste testing and talking about various foods that most people may have never

      heard of or tried such as hummus, kale chips, and quinoa.  I also participated in assessments, follow-ups,

      meal rounds, and diet checks.

  WIC Nutrition Services:

    At WIC I followed new patients from check-in, to anthropometric measurements,to meeting with the

      nutritionist to discuss their nutrition and get an appropriate nutrition package that will adequately meet their

      needs.  I was also able to create and conduct a healthy eating for breastfeeding class for new mothers.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Rotation: Summer 2013

  Rockford Memorial Hospital

    I completed 504 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy, screening and assessing patients for nutritional risk.  In

      the last 5 weeks of staff relief, I counseled patients who were at nutritional risk for various diseases.  The

      floors that I provided staff relief for included L&D, PICU, Pediatrics, NICU, ICU, CCU, Cardiology, General

      Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Oncology, Renal Dialysis, and Behavioral Health.

Community Rotation: Fall 2013

   Sycamore Hy-vee:

    The Sycamore Hy-vee was a unique experience as most grocery stores do not have in-house dietitians.

        Many of the activities and projects we completed included grocery store tours for various diseases and

        conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.  We also packaged Fast, Fit, Foods, conducted counseling

        sessions, answered questions in the isles, and chose dietitians picks on the healthier foods we were

        promoting that week.

  Kindred Hospital:

      Assessed all new patients for nutritional risk and conducted follow-ups for patients depending on their level

        of risk.  I wrote TPN's and tube feedings for various patients and ordered supplements if they met the

        protocol.  I was also able to attend care conferences, medical rounds, and discharge rounds every week.

  Kishhealth System Diabetes Center:

      Counseled various patients with new and preexisting Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes along with Gestational

        Diabetes regarding carbohydrate counting, blood sugars, meal plans, insulin, and overall healthy living with

        Diabetes.  I was also able to work on various projects looking up research, writing articles for the newsletter

        and blog, and attending Diabetes classes.

   OSF St. Anthony Bariatric Center:

      During my time at OSF I was able to experience a wide range of projects and activities that happen at their

        Bariatric Center.  I was able to see how they billed for services, what was required for insurance companies

        for approval of the bariatric surgery, the doctors assessments and follow-ups with patients, counseling on

        weight loss, GI issues and eating disorders, along with a Lap band surgery.  I was able to conduct some

        counseling sessions and complete a presentation on the nutrition facts label and how to make the best

        choice.

Professional Practice: Fall 2013

  St. Alexis Medical Center:

      During my 5 weeks of professional practice at St. Alexis I worked in the Neonatology Unit, Pediatric Intensive

        Care Unit, Pediatrics Unit, Mother and Baby Unit and did some outpatient nutrition.  In the NICU I

        conducted assessments on the newly admitted and follow-ups on the babies who had currently been seen.

        I wrote notes for all babies I was able to see along with participating in medical rounds every morning for

        those babies.  In the PICU/Peds units I participated in rounds, consults, and conducted new assessments

        and follow-ups as well.  I was able to work with a wide variety of diseases and conditions which allowed me

        to get a much broader experience.  In the mother and baby unit I talked with mothers about proper nutrition

        for multiples along with mothers who had just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.  In the

        outpatient setting, I worked with the Gestational Diabetes mothers, conducting classes and individual

        appointments while also participating in Pediatric Weight Management sessions.

Brief Biography

Rachel graduated from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and will graduate from graduate school with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics along with completing the Dietetic Internship from Northern Illinois University in December 2013.  She has an intense passion for providing evidence based nutrition recommendations and helping people lead a healthy and happy life.  Rachel loves to get involved with different activities with nutrition, volunteering and running.  She is currently a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society, Rock River Dietetic Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student member, and Pediatric Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group.

Academic Plan of Study

Fall 2011:

  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Macronutrients

Spring 2012:

  • Issues of Eating Disorders and Obesity*
  • Micronutrients
  • Workshop in FCNS- Dietetic Internship Class
  • Dietetic Internship Class: Clinical Care Issues
  • Thesis 

Summer 2012:

  • Thesis

Fall 2012:

  • Strategic Modifications of Nutrition Behavior
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition*
  • Workshop in Dietetic Practice: Management Issues
  • Thesis

Spring 2013:

  • Nutrition and Dietetics Seminar
  • Dietetic Internship: Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Intensive Metabolic Nutrition
  • Thesis

Summer 2013:

  • Dietetic Internship Workship: Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Thesis

Fall 2013:

  • Dietetic Internship Workshop: Community Nutrition
  • Thesis

*Issues of Eating Disorders and Obesity, and Maternal and Child Nutrition- non-required courses taken to strengthen my knowledge on eating disorders and obesity along with maternal and child nutrition

Volunteer Experience

The Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive, December 2012

  • Assisted parents with choosing presents for their children and wrapping those presents
  • Restocked gifts on age appropriate tables

Sycamore Hy-Vee's Gluten Gala, November 2, 2013

  • Cooked and served gluten free foods
  • Talked with gluten free customers and answered any nutrition questions they had

Moses E. Cheeks Slam Dunk Basketball Diabetes Camp, July 2013

  • Checked kids into the camp daily
  • Assisted the kids in checking blood sugars at every blood sugar break
  • Provided snacks for kids that had low blood sugars, and assisted with insulin for those who needed it

Work History

Work History
Jan 2013 - May 2013

Food Service Manager

Northern Illinois University
  • Managed and supervised Neptune Dining facility with 20 plus civil service workers and 50 plus student workers
  • Used CBORD’s Foodservice Suite for inventory, menu management, forecasting, and nutritional information   
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Teaching Assistant- Community Nutrition

Northern Illinois University
  • Organized and Instructed 50 plus students per semester in Community Nutrition lab
  • Provided leadership and support for academic learning with office hours, Blackboard learning and review sessions
Aug 2008 - May 2011

Dietary Tech/Aide

The Ambassador Health System
  • Assisted Registered Dietitian in patient interviews
  • Coordinated supplement billing on a weekly basis and evaluated patient diet orders
  • Processed and evaluated patient diet orders to ensure accuracy with needs

Education

Education
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Masters of Science

Northern Illinois University
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013

Dietetic Internship

Northern Illinois University

Food Service Rotation  ~August 2012-December 2012

  • Neptune Dining Hall

Lifecycle Rotation  ~January 2013-May 2013

  • Completed rotations at Northern Illinois University REC Center, Oakcrest Retirement Center, WIC, and CATCH at Brooks Elementary in DeKalb, IL

Clinical Rotation  ~May 2013-August 2013

  • Completed 504 hours of Medical Nutrition Therapy at Rockford Memorial Hospital

Community Rotation  ~August 2013-December 2013

  • Completed rotations at Sycamore Hy-vee, Kindred Hospital, OSF Bariatric Center, and Kishwaukee Diabetes Center

Professional Practice  ~November 2013-December 2013

  • Worked 5 weeks of Professional Practice at St. Alexis Medical Center, specializing in the NICU, PICU, and Pediatrics
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Certifications

Certifications

ServSafe Certification

ServSafe

CPR & First Aide

American Heart Association
Aug 2011 - Present

Rock River Valley Dietetic Association

Student Member
Aug 2007 - Present

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Student Member
Dec 2011 - Present

Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society

Northern Illinois University