Long Term Care Dietetic Technician
In fall of 2015, I accepted a position as Dietetic Technician at Wesley Gardens a long term care and rehab facility in Rochester, NY to be closer to my family. I have continued to expand and refine my knowledge and practice as a dietetic technician and nutrition professional.
I complete meal rounds one to two times a day to ensure residents’ satisfaction with meals, monitor the residents' acceptance of meals and that the meal service is efficient and timely.
A thank you note from the daughter of one of the residents under my care for over six months.
Utilizing the Nutrition Care Process, I document quarterly and re-admission nutrition assessments for ninety long-term care residents in the electronic medical record. Additionally, I complete monthly risk tracking notes for residents experiencing weight loss, weight gain, and impaired skin integrity. I maintain compliance with MDS and Medicare regulations and initiates and update the residents' nutrition care plans. I enjoy the process of investigating and evaluating a residents nutrition status and the satisfaction of observing that resident's nutrition status improve as he or she meets his or her goals. I collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary team such as nursing, speech language pathologist, occupational therapy, etc., frequently throughout the Nutrition Care Process.
New Employee Orientation and Education
Twice a month I present the Food and Nutrition Services department policies and procedures to the new nursing employees as part of the Wesley Gardens orientation program. This opportunity has helped me improve my public speaking and classroom management skills, increased my confidence when speaking to large groups, and strengthened my working relationships co-workers.
Two to three times a month I write a nutrition tip or short article to contribute to the Wesley Garden's Employee Newsletter. I recently initiated this project myself. I noticed that there was often space in the weekly employee newsletter and wanted to contribute a small piece that would encourage fellow employees to develop healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. I asked and received approval from the CEO to write for the newsletter. The CEO and Administrators of Wesley Gardens have complimented me on each article. Several fellow employees have commented on how much they enjoy reading the nutrition tips and have even shared with me how they are incorporating the information they learned into their daily lives.
- Wound Care committee member
- State Survey Preparation committee member
- Quality Assurance committee member