Why Consider a Traveling Dietitian?

By Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC

If you’re reading this, you probably find yourself in a staffing bind. Maybe your dietitian resigned? Is on maternity leave? Had a sudden, unplanned medical leave or family emergency? Or you just can’t seem to find the right dietitian to fit your needs? As a former traveling dietitian, trust me when I say, I’ve seen it all. If you’re not sure whether you want to take a chance on a traveling dietitian, let’s take a look at all the reasons why a traveler is the perfect solution for your staffing crisis.

Traveling dietitians can be there lickety-split. Why wait (and wait and wait) to find a local dietitian to fill your vacancy when you can staff a traveling dietitian from Dietitians On Demand within just a few days? That’s right, DAYS. On average, we fill our contract jobs within six days. That means our traveler can be on site, doing awesome dietitian things faster than most HR departments can schedule an interview.

Traveling dietitians are the most flexible professionals ever. By nature, traveling dietitians love an adventure. Our travelers have worked through hurricanes and state surveys, they’ve lived in RVs and B&Bs, and they can stay longer or return home early. They can adapt to census changes, policy changes, EMR changes, or whatever change you throw at them. Our traveling dietitians are practically unflappable.

“Our facility in Central Arkansas needed a lifesaver and Dietitians On Demand sent one. We all learned so much from her. She came to work with a great attitude, ready to work, ready to teach and ready to help our facility continue to improve our policies and procedures.”

-Korie, dietitian, Arkansas

Traveling dietitians can hit the ground running. With your help, our traveling dietitians can begin assessing patients and residents on day one. They are independent, fast learners who need little more than a facility tour and EMR access to feel ready to go. In fact, don’t even try to put them through facility orientation; it will just slow them down.

Traveling dietitians breathe new life into your facility. Do you cringe when you hear someone say, “Well, that’s the way we’ve always done it.” (Okay, maybe it’s just me.) Traveling dietitians are magnets who pick up best practices at every facility they visit. And the best travelers will leave those best practices with you.

“Last year I was blessed to have a dietitian from Dietitians On Demand come help out as a clinical dietitian at our facility and she was AMAZING! Not only did she help implement new policies & procedures at our facility, but I gained so much knowledge from her in such short amount of time.”

-Hanna, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Oklahoma

Traveling dietitians are committed to you and only you. Nearly all of our travel assignments provide 40 hours of coverage per week for your facility. That means you have a dedicated dietitian working just for you. With that, you will enjoy continuity of care with a professional who will blend in with your department. Before long, it will be like our traveling dietitian has always been there (and you’ll never want them to leave).

“We have utilized Dietitians On Demand for a couple of months now. They provide absolutely excellent service and patient care. They are very dependable; training was an absolute breeze. Our Dietitian On Demand caught on immediately and became part of our group instantly. It’s like she’s been here for years!”

-Ann, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Kentucky

Travelers are more than temps. You’re not getting a warm body—you’re getting a rockstar. So, what are you waiting for? Submit your coverage request today.

To learn more about being a travel dietitian, click here.

Dietitians On Demand is a nationwide staffing and recruiting company for registered dietitians, specializing in short-term, temporary and permanent-hire positions in acute care, long term care and food service positions. We’re dedicated to dietitians and helping them enhance their practice and excel in the workplace. Check out our job openingsrequest your coverage, or visit our store today!