Effective Pivoting During Public Health Emergencies: RDNs as Essential Practitioners
Attendees will learn in an interview-style panel discussion how experiences during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies (such as hurricanes, fires, and tornadoes) inform future emergency preparedness. RDNs practicing in clinical nutrition, food service management, and public health nutrition will present how the RDN as an essential practitioner was strengthened. The leaders ensured quality competent care and services were being provided and had unique challenges to overcome which provided lessons in standardization. The speakers leaned on Academy resources including the Academy Code of Ethics, Academy Scope of Practice, Academy Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance, Practice Tips (Change Management, Quality Improvement), and newly published Emergency Readiness Playbook for guidance in successful pivoting for effective response to a rapidly changing environment.
- Describe how the RDN is an essential practitioner during emergency and how to expand the RDN role during an emergency.
- Apply knowledge from Academy and regulatory resources to determine individual scope of practice and demonstrate and document competence during an emergency.
- Identify opportunities to develop and update organization protocols standardizing nutrition care and services for future emergencies and disasters.
- 1.1.8 Adheres to the Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs.
- 3.2.3 Pursues and embraces opportunities to advance practice.
- 8.3.5 Keeps abreast of changes in practice and within practice environments that affect scope of practice.
Doris Derelian, PhD, JD, RDN, FADA, FAND
California Polytechnic State University
Meg Bruening, PhD, MPH, RD
College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
Tamie Frable-Newman, MS, RD, LDN
Regional Operations Support Manager
Tennille Yates, RD
Director of Clinical