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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Sara Glanz, registered dietitian

About Sara Glanz

Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC worked as a traveling dietitian for Dietitians On Demand for two years before joining the corporate team. In her current role as Director of Clinical Education, she has championed the continuing education program to empower dietitians everywhere to achieve their professional goals.

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