Four Simple Ways To Refresh Your Clinical Nutrition Savvy
Where to turn when your skills need updating
“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” -Dr. Seuss
By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
You don’t have to be working in the field of clinical nutrition long to realize that things are always changing. Keeping up with the latest recommendations may seem like a daunting task, especially if it means paging through journal articles only to abandon your efforts after skimming a few abstracts. (Yep, we’ve ALL been there!) Not to worry. If you find yourself in need of some user-friendly refreshers, read on.
Today’s Dietitian magazine and website
You may receive this monthly magazine at your workplace. If not, check out the website here. Read articles chock-full of up-to-date information on a variety of topics — diabetes, food allergies, nutrition support, weight management, and more. Some of the articles are even associated with CEUs.
Join one (or more!) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietetic Practice Groups
There are a variety of DPGs available to suit nearly any interest. DPGs often produce their own publications, apart from the Academy’s journal, that feature articles focused on one content area. Being an active member of a DPG also offers opportunities for networking and mentoring.
Choose the “right” research articles
Reading research articles is hardly anyone’s favorite pastime. But if you are looking for the latest and greatest information, peer-reviewed journal articles will likely be your best source. Instead of sifting through stacks of research, look for review articles. These will oftentimes summarize results from several studies. Review articles certainly don’t replace original research articles, but they provide a good overview.
Prefer to watch, rather than read?
Contact your Abbott Nutrition or Nestlé Nutrition representative for information on sponsored webinars. Your local home infusion company (think: Coram®, Option CareTM, Lincare, etc.) may offer similar resources. Of course, always keep in mind the source and sponsorship of these webinars or publications.
Staying up-to-date on clinical guidelines and practice changes will help you to be a leader in your workplace and in the field of clinical nutrition. Make learning a commitment for life.
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