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
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
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
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.
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
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.