Professional Development | Sep 19 2018
19 Questions To Ask To Rock Your First Day As A Consultant Dietitian
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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