nursing nutrional scope of practice - page 2

by mreshu 4,277 Views | 17 Comments

I know that nursing scope of practice changes from state to state. In general what level of education and nutritional prescription are we allowed to give. This goes for RN and APRN.... Read More


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    OP, it sounds like you should become a nutritionist rather than a nurse. Having your own private practice is YEARS away even once you finish your degree.
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    Anyone can be a nutritionist. There is no licensure required and some are mainly sales people. Dieticians are licensed and registered, like nurses. So you can probably act in the role of a nutritionist, but be careful. You never really know what people are taking and without a medical nutrition consult (by a dietician) things could go seriously wrong. There is such a thing as medical nutrition therapy where the dietician writes scripts for formulas, tube feedings, supplements, etc. Again, they are licensed.
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    Kelrn when you say years away do you mean after i get my rn or after i get my arnp. I was speaking to someone about what i wanted to do and he said it sounded like life coaching. However i don't want to be some uneducated dude doing things out side of my scope of practice. I am torn between nursing or dietetics and lcsw.
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    Classic dame, In Florida you cannot call yourself a nutritionist with out being a registered dietician.
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    Thank you tramarus. I will look into public health administration.
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    Perhaps you should become a pediatric diabetes educator. Can get the Type 2 kids early while they still have a fighting chance.
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    Quote from mreshu
    Kelrn when you say years away do you mean after i get my rn or after i get my arnp. I was speaking to someone about what i wanted to do and he said it sounded like life coaching. However i don't want to be some uneducated dude doing things out side of my scope of practice. I am torn between nursing or dietetics and lcsw.
    Well both. You need to be well-established in your profession- whatever it is- before opening a private practice becomes feasible. I do not believe that RNs are able to bill insurance companies for things like nutritional counseling and I have honestly not ever heard of an RN in private practice for such a thing. Even NPs- in my state they have "supervising physicians". The only advanced practice nurse I've experienced having a private practice/private office was a Psych CNS.
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    Check out https://www.nutritioncare.org/nbnsc/. This organization certifies healthcare providers in enteral and parenteral nutrition. I worked at a hospital in Philadelphia where doctors would order a "nutrition nurse consult". The Certified Nutrition Support Nurse (CNSN) would write orders for TPN, PPN, enteral feedings, etc.


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