19 Questions To Ask To Rock Your First Day As A Consultant Dietitian

By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

So, you’ve landed a new assignment as a consultant dietitian —congrats! Here’s what you need to ask so you can shine on your first day.

Before the First Day

  • What’s the dress code?
  • What time should I arrive?
  • Where should I meet my supervisor?
  • Are there any special instructions regarding parking?

On the First Day

  • Where is my office or desk located? (Is this where I will be stationed?)
  • How do I get to the patient units?
  • What are the screening procedures? Or, how do you know which patients need to be seen?
  • How soon do consults and/or nutrition risk triggers need to be completed?
  • When/How soon are follow-ups scheduled?
  • Do the dietitians write orders? If so, for what specifically?
  • How do I contact the physicians?
  • Are there patient rounds or meetings I need to attend? If so, when and where?
  • Do I need to record my clinical productivity? If so, how?
  • Request a copy of the enteral and parenteral formularies.
  • How do I access patient education materials?
  • What type of patient foodservice does the hospital have? (i.e., room service, traditional trayline, patient select menu, etc.)
  • Request a copy of the patient menu and inquire about meal times.
  • Take notes during your tutorial of the electronic medical record so you can work more independently in the future.

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Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Malnutrition Awareness

Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC is a travel dietitian for Dietitians On Demand. She is passionate about empowering dietitians to be more involved with the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Her favorite adventures while on assignment include: The 17-Mile Drive in Monterey, CA; Lake Placid, NY; Montreal, Canada; and of course, the Jelly Belly® Jelly Bean and Ben & Jerry’s® ice cream factories located in Fairfield, CA and Burlington, VT, respectively.

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