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Nutrition certification/education for nurses

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by eflr eflr Member

Hi,

Does anyone have any experience with a nutrition education program for RN's. The only credible ones that I come across are for NPs or for becoming an RD at the BS/MS level. I am working towards certification for Integrative Health Coaching through Duke, so I'd like to find some additional education for nutrition.

Thanks!

eflr

HealthyNurse

Specializes in Functional Medicine, Holistic Nutrition. Has 9 years experience.

Elfer- I've been researching this extensively recently. There are a lot of different options depending on what kind of nutrition education you are looking for. If you want a clinically focused certification, there is the prestigious certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) certification. There are some requirements as far as what type of degree you have to have and there are required courses if you don't meet the course requirements. If you have to go through all of the courses, it will cost you over $4000. However, my understanding is that it is a well-respected credential within the health care community- open to doctors, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists. If you want more of a holistic nutrition education, the Nutritional Therapy Association and Bauman College offer some certification programs that are well-respected within the HOLISTIC community (not necessarily within health care in general). If you learn of any others, please let me know. Also, I would love to network with you about how you plan to use your nutrition education. I will PM you.

Elfer- I've been researching this extensively recently. There are a lot of different options depending on what kind of nutrition education you are looking for. If you want a clinically focused certification' date=' there is the prestigious certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) certification. There are some requirements as far as what type of degree you have to have and there are required courses if you don't meet the course requirements. If you have to go through all of the courses, it will cost you over $4000. However, my understanding is that it is a well-respected credential within the health care community- open to doctors, nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists. If you want more of a holistic nutrition education, the Nutritional Therapy Association and Bauman College offer some certification programs that are well-respected within the HOLISTIC community (not necessarily within health care in general). If you learn of any others, please let me know. Also, I would love to network with you about how you plan to use your nutrition education. I will PM you.[/quote']

I am so glad I stumbled onto these posts! I am an RN with a B.S. in Child Development and an Associates in Nursing. I have been very interested in nutrition for a long time and thought the only route would be going back to school for another Bachelors degree in nutrition to become an RD. There are no schools near me that offer this type of degree therefore I would have to move or try to find an online program. After reading about the CCN certification, it may be my answer! I would love to do research. Thank you so much!

vanurse1022, BSN

Specializes in Nursing Education, Med-Surg, Home Health, Travel. Has 15 years experience.

Healthynurse, that's the best I could find too; I've been doing a lot of research lately! There are a few other certs out there but not nearly as respected. I'm an RN now, and have been for the past 7 years or so. I'm very much interested in getting more into nutrition. I've completed certificates through eCornell in plant based nutrition, and have become a certified health coach. I would love to get more nutrition knowledge in though! Not sure I'm ready to commit to a whole other bachelor's at this point. I'll be sure to check out the CCN in more detail!

MountainNurseTammy, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing/Community Health. Has 3 years experience.

healthy nurse - I would love to know how you are utilizing your certificate in plant based nutrition. I also have that and am graduating as an RN in May. I really want to be a health coach and am wondering how to make that happen! Any advice?

vanurse1022, BSN

Specializes in Nursing Education, Med-Surg, Home Health, Travel. Has 15 years experience.

Do you mean me? :) Currently I'm just working as a travel nurse (I'm traveling with my husband visiting cities we're thinking of moving to). Once we settle down somewhere I hope to establish a client base so I can coach individuals in an office setting. For now, I just have a website and have coached a couple people via email/phone. I'm looking for more programs/certificates/classes on nutrition to build a more general knowledge base.

As far as coaching goes, I used the National Society of Health Coaches mainly because they're nationally recognized (credibility is a big concern for me), I heard good things about the program, and it was all online/self paced. Honestly, I wasn't super impressed with it; it involved a binder of notes and CD with review questions, etc. You have a year to take the certification quiz (which I thought was super easy) and that's it. The "members only" section on their website is non-existant. I haven't seen it updated once in the last couple years. No job postings, new resources, etc. So it was mildly disappointing, but I'm not sure of better programs out there. I heard that Integrative Nutrition was pretty good; their coaching is combined with nutrition courses. I was turned off by the commerciality of it (free iPads with signup, etc.).

I would just do some research on various programs and see what works best for you. I'd love to hear what you come up with! If you have any other questions just let me know! :)

MountainNurseTammy, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing/Community Health. Has 3 years experience.

Thank you so much! Yes, I have heard a lot of good and bad about Integrative Nutrition... I'm not suer what to think about it. Its good to connect with others who have similar interests as we all figure this out! :)

pinknurse09

Specializes in OB/GYN and Health Coaching. Has 6 years experience.

@ vanurse1022: The company I am working for has enrolled me in the National Society of Health Coaches program but they have only given me 90 days to complete and test for the certification. Please tell me this is possible!

vanurse1022, BSN

Specializes in Nursing Education, Med-Surg, Home Health, Travel. Has 15 years experience.

Absolutely! I actually waited around for a while before completing mine; probably finished in about 2-3 months. Just read a little bit every day and start doing the practice tests online. You can totally do it!! :)

pinknurse09

Specializes in OB/GYN and Health Coaching. Has 6 years experience.

Thank you for responding, vanurse1022! Can you tell me anything about the test itself? How long did it take you to complete? The practice test looks like 100% motivational interviewing. Is the real exam similar? I just haven't talked to anyone who has taken it and I would like to know somewhat what to expect. Yikes---getting nervous!

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vanurse1022, BSN

Specializes in Nursing Education, Med-Surg, Home Health, Travel. Has 15 years experience.

From what I remember, you have a video scenario, then answer questions regarding each video. Honestly, I breezed through it! Maybe took 30 minutes. The questions are very similar to the practice ones, so if you do ok with those, you won't have a problem :)

pinknurse09

Specializes in OB/GYN and Health Coaching. Has 6 years experience.

Awesome! There is so much information that I was wondering how they broke it down. I appreciate the information!

MyCall2Nsg

Specializes in Maternal Child Health, GYN.

An area of interest here too. Just not sure how to incorporate it into my day to day nursing.

Would welcome any thoughts, resources, etc.

victoria., ASN

Has 13 years experience.

This was so helpful...I have been looking for options myself. I plan to obtain wound care certification as well as nutrition. Tying both in together will be very beneficial.

I know this post is older...but I was wondering if you all can update me with what you decided to pursue. I am at a crossroad, I am a nurse and want to teach nutrition, supplements, holistic wellness, etc. thanks in advance.

I am very interested in obtaining certification in nutrition as a rn. However, I only have my diploma in nursing. Is there a program for someone without a bachelor's? I'm sorry if it was already answered. I looked on the clinical nutrition certification board website but was confused as to what courses I'd need. I'm not sure there's much of a demand where I live either so I wonder if I should even pursue this. Im near reading pa. Also how hard would it be to transition to a registered dietician from registered nurse. Maybe that would open up more doors for me. Any thoughts? Thanks!

I've been reading this thread and one of the things which struck me was the confusion about how to advance one's knowledge as well as credentials. So many programs these days are happy to take your money, but what do you really get once you've paid thousands and complete their program? The only nationally accredited program I've come across which seems to offer real credentials to nurses is the NIWH (Whole Health Training and Education - Accredited Holistic Health Programs). They are credentialed by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence and give ANCC nurse CE contact hours as well. The program earns you an NPI number with a billing manual, and provides training for working with doctors or on your own. It has a long list of credentials and recognitions on it's website and they offer a program exclusively for nurses. I know people who have gone through programs which do not offer real credentials and once they are finished with the program, find it hard to set up a practice without real credentials. I think before investing in a program costing thousands, it's wise to check out ALL the options you can. And then weigh the program costs and how their program will help (or not) with being able to offer and get paid for what the program teaches you. Good luck and buyer beware!