Eastern Health currently employs 53 dietitians in full time and part time positions. We provide services individually and as part of a team with other health professionals.
We are food and nutrition experts and the most credible source of nutrition information.
We translate the scientific knowledge of food and nutrition into easy to understand information to help maintain health and prevent or manage chronic disease.
Dietitians work in:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Mental health facilities
- Health promotion
- Community care
- Long term care facilities
We provide services to children and adults while in hospital and as outpatients. Dietitian’s services are also provided to residents of long term care facilities.
What We Do
Dietitians who work in clinical settings (hospitals, long term care facilities and out-patient centres):
- Assess nutritional status of people who are ill or injured and plan nutrition care.
- Educate and support people who need a special diet for a medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease
- Develop care plans for residents to meet their nutritional needs and help improve quality of life
- Provide advice on healthy food choices to ensure adequate intakes of essential vitamins and minerals
- Provide advice on food allergies
Dietitians who work in health promotion provide leadership and expertise in the promotion of healthy eating for all age groups. They work collaboratively with other health professionals and communities using strategies that promote health and help prevent nutrition- related diseases. Some examples of their work include:
- Breastfeeding promotion
- Development of healthy eating policies
- Support for School Food Guidelines
- Education for the public
Eastern Health has dietitians who work in the Personal Care Home Program as part of a monitoring team for compliance with nutrition and food service standards as set by government legislation. They also consult on nutrition issues for some of the residents.
Within some facilities in Eastern Health, dietitians are also employed by food contract companies. They manage food production, distribution and services adhering to safety and sanitation standards to ensure quality food service.
About the Profession
Dietitians have a university degree specializing in food and nutrition and complete a period of practical training (dietetic internship). Entry to practice is governed by successful completion of a national certification exam. In some practice areas, dietitians may have specialized training or may be masters trained.
Dietitians must register with a provincial regulatory body in order to practice. Regulatory bodies serve to protect the public by ensuring that registered dietitians have required competencies and practice safely and ethically. Once students have completed academic and practical training requirements to become full registrants of a provincial regulatory body, they must pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE). This exam is a national exam administered by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies.
The practice of dietetics in Newfoundland and Labrador is regulated by provincial legislation titled “An Act to Regulate the Practice of Dietetics”, 2005.
All dietitians within Eastern Health must be registered and in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians (NLCD). NLCD regulates and ensures competence of Registered Dietitians in Newfoundland and Labrador. NLCD ensures the public receives ethical, competent care and services. Registration with NLCD is mandatory to use the title “Dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian.”
More information on the regulation of dietitians and the role of the regulatory body can be found at www.nlcd.ca