Nutrition Support Blog: Back From Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by SF8N at Jul 22, 2012 08:50 PM |

July 22, 2012

Nutrition Support Blog:  Back From Where the Wild Things Are

by Joe Krenitsky, MS, RD

I have been AWOL from writing blog entries for the past several weeks because I have been using some of my vacation time to get back to nature.  It might sound crazy, but I think that sometimes it can actually be healthy to get outdoors, even if it means being away from fluorescent lighting and out of the ICU for a bit.  Of course, all of us here generally take some vacation time during the summer to bolster our vitamin D stores and recharge our spirit.  Naturally, some projects get put on hold while our staffing is lighter, but in the end we accomplish more when we can approach tasks once we are revitalized.

We are currently preparing presentations and handouts for our fall “On the road Weekend Warrior” program to be held in Ottawa, Canada.  If you are interested in bringing a Weekend Warrior session to your neck of the woods, we provided information on how this might happen in our November 7, 2011 blog:

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/pub/dietitian/inpatient/dh/nutrition-support-team-blog/nutrition-support-blog-on-the-road-weekend-warrior-programs2014how-do-they-happen

We are also updating our materials used for training new team members.  In the past our approach to mentoring has not been as organized as we would like, so we have emulated some of the preceptor guidelines used by our ICU nurses as I mentioned in August 2011:

http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/pub/dietitian/inpatient/dh/nutrition-support-team-blog/nutrition-support-blog-mentoring-and-clinical-nutrition

Our next project will be updating our traineeship manual.  This is always a herculean task because we want our traineeship manual to provide the very latest information, and to reflect the combined experience of our clinical staff.  We are able to incorporate minor changes over time, but completely revise the modules on a rotating schedule every 3 years.  

Now that I am back, and after some teeth gnashing, nearly up to date with the emails that came in while I was away, it’s time to dive back in and let the wild rumpus begin.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”                            - John Muir

 

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