The Registered Dietitian in Long-Term Care

By: Laura More, MSW, LCSW and Edie Deane-Watson, MS, CCC, CCM

The Registered Dietitian in Long-Term Care is a new 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that provides an overview of skilled nursing facilities as a work setting for registered dietitians. Course #20-90 | 2014 | 27 pages | 14 posttest questions

The Registered Dietitian in Long-Term CareAs the population of the United States ages, a growing number of registered dietitians are specializing in elder care and work full or part-time in skilled nursing facilities. Success in long-term care requires the registered dietitian to be familiar with the treatment issues of elders. Knowledge of common medical issues is needed to thoroughly understand the elder’s condition, especially in the long-term care environment where most residents have multiple medical conditions that impact their functioning. This course will provide a framework for providing care in a skilled nursing facility. It is intended to give the clinician an overview of the important aspects of long-term care that effect treatment, including the structure, organization and reimbursement system of skilled nursing facilities. The average resident and common treatment areas will also be discussed.

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. You can print the test (download test from My Courses tab of your account after purchasing) and mark your answers on while reading the course document. Then submit online when ready to receive credit.

About the Authors:

Laura More, MSW, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and healthcare author. She earned her Masters of Social Work from Florida State University and has over twenty years of healthcare experience, with a focus on geriatric and head injury rehabilitation. Laura has directed case management, social service, and rehabilitation in skilled nursing, outpatient and inpatient hospital settings. She has managed long-term care rehabilitation from facility, area, and regional positions, with a strong emphasis on training and education of staff and client caregivers in the provision of care for geriatric patients in skilled nursing facilities. Laura was one of the founding partners of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. She has authored or edited over 120 online continuing education titles, co-authored evidence-based care assessment area resources and a book, The Licensed Practical Nurse in Long-term Care Field Guide. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Edie Deane-Watson, MS, CCC, CCM, has served in the post-acute care industry in various capacities for 25 years. She developed and managed SNF based rehabilitation programs at the facility and regional level and was one of the founding partners of Care2Learn, a provider of online continuing education courses for the post-acute healthcare industry. In addition, she has worked in acute care, head injury, life care planning, and e-learning. She is currently the Director of Education and Training at American Health Tech, a leading provider of post-acute care integrated software.

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (#50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant (all courses reported within 1 week of completion).


Florida RD/NC License Renewal Information

By Gina Ulery, MS, RD, LD/N

Florida RDs can earn up to 20 hours for renewal online!Florida-licensed dietitians and nutrition counselors have an upcoming license renewal deadline of May 31, 2013. Thirty (30) hours of continuing education are required to renew, of which:

  • 2 hours on Preventing Medical Errors are required each renewal
  • 3 hours on HIV/AIDS are required for your first renewal only
  • 20 hours are allowed from home study or online courses (10 hours must be live)
  • Up to 10 hours are allowed in management type courses (non-clinical)


All of your hours must be logged in with CE Broker, whether by the course provider (we report all course completions within 1 week) or by yourself, in order for you to renew. If you have any questions on this, the folks at CE Broker are very helpful. You can reach them at 1-877-434-6323.

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Remember, you’re allowed up to 20 hours from our courses and we’ll report to CE Broker for you. Courses are valid for 3 years from purchase date, so no rush to complete if you don’t need for the current renewal.

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Professional Development Resources is also a provider with the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (Provider #50-1635) and is CE Broker compliant.

Breaking News: New RDN Credential Now Available for RDs

Registered Dietitian NutritionistJust in time to celebrate Registered Dietitian Day 2013: The Academy’s Board of Directors and the Commission on Dietetic Registration have taken a historic step: Registered dietitians now have the option to use the credential “registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).”

Why did the Academy take this action? In short, because members asked for it. In 2010, the Academy began exploring the option of offering the registered dietitian nutritionist credential. It was supported by participants in the 2011 Future Connections Summit and most recently by the Council on Future Practice in its 2012 Visioning Report. The recommendation was shared and discussed in the House of Delegates at the Fall 2012 meeting. The 2013 joint meeting of the major organizational units (Commission on Dietetic Registration, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Council on Future Practice, Education Committee, and Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors DPG) supported moving forward.

We know that all registered dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The new RDN credential positions and promotes you front and center with consumers, increasing recognition and public understanding of both terms: “dietitian” and “nutritionist.” This action will more accurately reflect who we are and what we do.

A branding program is under way that will strengthen and differentiate a respected brand. The plan will also help educate consumers and other health professionals, building further awareness of your unique capabilities and rigorous credentialing requirements.

Adding “nutritionist” to the registered dietitian credential is consistent with the inclusion of the word nutrition in the Academy’s new name. It also communicates to everyone the broader concept of wellness and prevention that are part of practice for many RDs.

Legal counsel determined that adding the optional RDN credential will not affect state licensure or other regulations. Many state licensure/certification laws already reference the term nutritionist (e.g., LDN or CDN).

To be clear: The RDN credential is offered as an option to RDs who want to convey the nutrition aspect of the credential to the public and to other health practitioners. Use of the RDN credential is optional and totally up to you.

Your CDR 2013-2014 registration identification card will reflect both the RD and RDN credentials. If you choose, you can start using the RDN credential today!

More information about the new credential is available at

Happy 6th Registered Dietitian Day!

Registered Dietitian Day 2013National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.

Celebrate the sixth annual Registered Dietitian Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with recognition of the professional expertise and accomplishments of Registered Dietitians.

Registered Dietitian Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to increase the awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. Registered Dietitian Day and National Nutrition Month® promote the Academy and RDs to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

The following key messages are the foundation for the communications regarding Registered Dietitian Day that have been developed for various audiences including health professionals, employers of RDs, media and the public.

  • Registered Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
  • Registered Dietitians have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination.
  • Registered Dietitians use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes.
  • Registered Dietitians work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.
  • Registered Dietitians are advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.


Registered Dietitian (“RD”) is a legally protected title that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As part of their credentialing, registered dietitians are required to complete a designated number of accredited continuing education units. Professional Development Resources is recognized as a CPE-Accredited Provider of continuing education for dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Over 50 online courses are available @

Celiac Disease: Basics & Beyond – New Online CEU Course

It seems that everybody knows somebody with celiac disease or who is avoiding foods containing gluten. Is this because there is a higher level of awareness and more people are being diagnosed with celiac disease? Or is this because of a rise in popularity of a gluten-free diet and people self-diagnosing celiac disease? A gluten-free diet, the diet prescribed for those with celiac disease, is being touted as a 2013 health trend.

Celiac Disease: Basics & BeyondIn order to be able to provide care to their clients and patients, both with and without celiac disease, health professionals should understand the basics of celiac disease and a gluten-free diet.

Celiac Disease: Basics & Beyond will cover the basics of celiac disease including pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. This 2-hour online CEU course will then go beyond the basics by describing how registered dietitians use the nutrition care process to provide medical nutrition therapy to patients with celiac disease. Two case studies are included to assist the health professional in understanding the patient’s perspective from pre-diagnosis to disease management. This course will be informative for anyone with celiac disease as well as registered dietitians and other health professionals who work with patients with celiac disease. Course #20-76 | 2013 | 26 pages | 17 posttest questions

About the Author:

Alexia Lewis, MS, RD, LD/N, is a registered dietitian licensed in the state of Florida. She is the wellness dietitian for the University of North Florida where she does one-on-one nutrition counseling, facilitates healthy eating groups, presents nutrition workshops and cooking demonstrations, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits through food and nutrition. Alexia has also been a nutrition instructor for undergraduate nutrition students at the University of North Florida and has taught Food Fundamentals, Nutrition Education, Nutrition Counseling and Communication, and other classes. Alexia is the president of the Jacksonville Dietetic Association for the 2012-2013 year. Alexia is a nutrition speaker, writer, and blogger ( whose goal is “nutrition made easy.”

CE Information:

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (Provider #5590); by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program); by the National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC Provider #000279); by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA Provider #3159); by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001); and by various state licensing boards. Click here to view all accreditations.

Renewal Information for Georgia Dietitians

Georgia dietitians can earn all 30 hours for renewal onlineGeorgia-licensed dietitians have an upcoming license renewal deadline of March 31, 2012.

Thirty (30) hours of continuing education [Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs)] are required to renew.

Continuing Professional Education must meet the following requirements:

  • consist of education beyond that required for entry into the profession
  • update, enhance or assess knowledge and skills required for competent performance
  • dietetics-related
  • provide learning outcomes that apply to practice

Acceptable continuing professional education activities must meet the requirements of this section and may include activities sponsored by the following approved organizations provided they meet the requirements and criteria of this section:

  • Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians
  • American Dietetic Association (ADA) and affiliates
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

A licensee must retain all required supporting documents as proof of completion of continuing professional education for no less than five (5) years. Proof of continuing professional education may be documented by:

  • A copy of the licensee’s current Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) card and CDR record of continuing professional education; provided, however, that the continuing professional education complies with the requirements specified within this chapter; or
  • Certificate of attendance including date of event, number of contact hours and a program agenda or description of the course.

Professional Development Resources is a CPE Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR Provider #PR001). CPE accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of provider programs or materials. Georgia-licensed dietitians can earn all of their required hours through online courses offered @

The Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians: