The 2018 MAND Annual Meeting will be held April 18th – 20th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. More details coming soon!
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Congratulations to Ann Erickson, winner of the MAND Medallion Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting on April 27th.
Ann has been a tireless advocate for dietitians and nutrition in the state of Minnesota. She has single-handedly led MAND’s efforts in advocating at the state level and has inspired countless of her fellow dietitians to get involved. As Louanne Kaupa points out, “Under Ann’s gentle persistence and diligence, the scope of practice of Licensed Dietitians and Nutritionists was legally updated in the state of MN to accurately reflect roles and responsibilities of nutrition professionals on the healthcare team.” Stephanie Heim tells us, “Without question, Ann’s sustained leadership on MAND’s Public Policy Committee inspired me to lead and engage. MAND members, like me, are more willing to invest their limited time to volunteer because of people like Ann. Ann’s enthusiasm for all she does and follow-through in getting work done is an inspiration.” Aida Miles adds, “Ann is truly remarkable in her mentorship of future RDs. She instills in them a “go-getter” attitude. She provides them a dose of self-confidence that many of them lack when thinking about speaking to policy makers. This has inspired my graduate students to become passionate in policy issues, to share their passion with others (including preceptors at other sites), and to be the future leaders that we need in order to take the profession to the next level.
In late 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities”. The new federal regulations became effective on November 28, 2016.
The new regulations indicate that physicians may delegate to a registered licensed dietitian the task of prescribing NH/LTC residents’ diet to the extent allowed by State law. CMS underscored the advantages of expertise and efficiencies contributing to better resident service and care by allowing physicians to delegate therapeutic diet orders to dietitians.
This is a very welcome CMS update for NH/LTC facilities, staff and residents. However the Minnesota Nursing Home License does not currently list dietitians as physician delegates (currently only nurse practitioners and physician assistants are listed). For these situations, a waiver request from the NH/LTC to the Minnesota Department of Health is often used to accommodate revised practices.
Attached here (Waiver Template) is a waiver template developed by MAND that can be used by NH/LTC to secure formal approval to grant registered licensed dietitians diet order responsibility as a physician delegate.
Please share this information with others as appropriate. We want to make sure MAND members working with NH/LTC organizations are aware of this option. For more background information, here is the link (Minnesota Therapeutic Diet Orders for LTC – Overview June 1 2017) to the overview drafted by MAND policy leads.
For additional questions, please contact MAND.
During the fall AND House of Delegates meeting two topics were discussed:
- Championing Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners in Roles of Leadership in Public Health
- Draft Code of Ethics: Education and Communication Strategies
Please click here to read the latest update from MAND HOD representative Deb Sheats.
Rebecca (Becca) Brannan is a senior in the dietetics program at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Originally from Waite Park, Minnesota, Becca heard about Viterbo from a cashier at GNC and decided to do some research. After touring the university and exploring the La Crosse area, Becca was set to pursue her dream of becoming a registered dietitian. After commencement in May, Becca would like to attend graduate school to purse a Doctorate Degree in Human Nutrition with an emphasis on Endocrine malfunctions.
Becca has been involved with many extracurricular activities throughout her time at Viterbo, primarily SDA, Viterbo University’s Student Dietetics Association. Becca has been involved with SDA for the past four years, and served as the secretary for one year. As the secretary, Becca oversaw organizing meeting times and events, and expanded her leadership skills through accompanying peers during events and volunteer opportunities. This past summer she also completed an undergraduate research fellowship through Viterbo, looking at the effect of monounsaturated fats on the fasting blood glucose and lipid panel of individuals with pre-diabetes. She hopes to present her research at the Experimental Biology and MAND annual conferences in the spring. Becca hopes to utilize her education to work with individuals who have endocrine malfunctions.
The Academy’s Food & Nutrition Magazine® has launched an initiative to help foster community and constructive discourse among peers: The Pledge of Professional Civility. The pledge was announced during FNCE® by Academy President Donna Martin at the Member Showcase and discussed during the FNCE® session on Cyberbullying, presented by Academy President-elect Mary Russell and Past-President Connie Diekman.
Public antagonism and hostility among peers dishonors the nutrition and dietetics profession, and is a disservice to the more than 100,000 professionals who hold the RDN or NDTR credentials. Just as in work environments and professional settings, words and behaviors on social media not only reflect the competencies and conduct of individuals, but the values and credibility of the entire profession. It is crucial that strong examples of personal conduct and professional behavior be set for fellow and future practitioners.
As professionals who are active in social media and communications, you are no doubt aware of some challenges regarding a shift in the online behavioral landscape. Forums such as social media channels and listservs continue to provide positive opportunities for discussion and connection; however, antagonism and negativity also have become more prevalent.
The Pledge of Professional Civility is a voluntary, public commitment to the civil treatment of professional peers, including those with whom we may not agree on all issues. Anyone is welcome to take the pledge. As Academy leaders, we encourage all of you to review the Guiding Principles and supporting resources, take the Pledge of Professional Civility and help demonstrate positive, productive engagement among our community. You are welcome to share this information with your members.
Learn more and take the Pledge – https://foodandnutrition.org/professionalcivility/
Hello everyone, my name is Nathaniel Nyquist and I currently am a dietetic intern at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Dietetics was not initially what where I thought my passion would lie, as I thought I would end up in sport’s marketing. Throughout my teenage years, I struggled with disordered eating and excessive exercise as an endurance athlete. Fighting and overcoming that unhealthy pattern and part of me was eye opening, and from there realized that I could make a difference in people’s lives using food and nutrition as medicine. I gratefully had the opportunity to volunteer at the Minneapolis VA for over 2 years during my undergraduate career, studying nutrition at the University of Minnesota. As a proud member of our nation’s Army serving in the Wisconsin National Guard for going on 6 years, the chance to help our veterans was enlightening and where I belonged. While attending the University of Minnesota and volunteering at the Minneapolis VA, I began making my way up in the nutrition world. Starting as a dietary aide at a nursing home in college, and after a year of that position, I moved onto becoming an advanced nutrition aide at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. I finished my undergraduate career working as a diet tech at United Hospital for Allina. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) in the Spring of 2017, and loved my time attending the University. I aspire to become a dietitian advocate in health care and never stop learning. As a dietitian, I want to improve the quality of life for people struggling with managing chronic disease.
In my free time, I enjoy running long distances, spending time exploring new adventures in life with my family and girlfriend, completing triathlons, traveling, and of course eating! My picture is from the 2016 Wisconsin Ironman triathlon, my first of hopefully many to come. All in all I love living life one day at a time and enjoying every minute of it.
Are you interested in serving our organization and shaping the second century of MAND? Nominations are now open for the 2018-2019 MAND Board of Directors election. We have a number of positions for which we are seeking interested candidates including President-Elect, Education Director-Elect, Finance Chair, Nominations Chair-Elect, Website coordinator, and Regional representatives for MAND-SE and MAND–TC. If you are interested, please fill out the candidate information form below and contact the MAND office with any questions.