327. Exploring the Boundaries of RDN Scope of Practice

Tuesday, October 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 118-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149661

In this session RDNs will learn specific areas to elevate their role and build leadership skills necessary to navigate change management. Speakers will describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration and building alliances to achieve change and present information from a physician champion and RDN team member on the impact of the activity and elevated RDN role. Speakers will highlight areas such as blood pressure screening and teaching insulin injection where RDNs can grow their role. Two case studies will explore the expanded role of the RDN in both ordering privileges and feeding tube placement. During case studies, participants will get an overview of the processes, regulation and compliance hurdles, successes and challenges, and evaluations of the expanded RDN role.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe and demonstrate the Scope and Standards tools and resources to determine if an activity is within RDN scope of practice.
  • Employ strategies for expanding RDN roles and responsibilities.
  • Examine potential barriers, and the ways to overcome them, and benefits as well as ways to overcome the barriers.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1010 Career planning, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, Scope of Dietetic Practice Framework
  • 1110 Risk taking
  • 7160 Quality management

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.1.8 Adheres to the Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs.
  • 14.3.5 Identifies and anticipates risks related to the project and/or organization.
  • 6.1.3 Establishes goals for improving quality of services provided.


  • Kathryn Hamilton, MA, RDN, CSO, CDN, FAND

    Outpatient Oncology Dietitian Nutritionist

    Morristown Medical Center

  • Speaker(s)

  • Susan Roberts, DCN, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND

    Dietetic Internship Director/ Area Director of Clinical Nutrition

    Baylor Scott & White Health/ Aramark Healthcare

  • Stephanie Dobak, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC

    Clinical Dietitian III

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital