TAND August Newsletter


August 2018 Newsletter - President's Message

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND).  Whether you are new to our organization or have been with us for many years, you are valuable to our profession.  As you are aware, there is a lot of misinformation out there, to which consumers don't know what to believe or to follow.  That is where we, as the nutrition experts, come in to help!  I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year in your Districts.  Some meetings are already scheduled, so please plan to come out to hear my "State of the State" address.    

As you will see from the other items in this newsletter, the summer has started our TAND year off with a bang!  One huge success for RDNs in Tennessee was the rule change and approval for RDNs to have order writing privileges.  This has been an ongoing effort by many of our past and present board members.  I will continue to work with the Academy to provide you with resources as you work to implement this in your facilities.  Additionally, you have a fabulous Board of Directors, who have been working hard already to keep our organization moving forward.  Each board member has been working on Action Plans for the year ahead, including planning for the Annual Meeting and Hill Day, as well as marketing and social media strategies to best meet our members needs.  Speaking of marketing and social media, make sure you are following us on Facebook (@EatRightTennessee) and Twitter (@EatRightTN), and checking out the website (www.Eatright-TN.org) and blog (www.eatright-tn.org/blog) frequently to stay current on what we have going on.  Our goal is to send out a newsletter once per month, which will also update you.  Don't hesitate to reach out to your board members to share your ideas or concerns.  Remember, we are here for you!

I would like to challenge each and every member to attend at least one of your district meetings, whether it is a social event, or one for continuing education.  Networking and collaboration with fellow colleagues is invaluable for personal and professional growth, as well as expanding our reach and impact on the communities we serve.  We are stronger together!  

Last, but not least, we are very thankful to have our new Executive Director on Board.  Carrie Kiley comes to us with a business background and has worked for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for six years.  She focuses on helping leaders succeed in managing their affiliates and has been a huge asset to our organization thus far.  Welcome Carrie! 

Order Writing in Tennessee - UPDATE - Resources from the Academy Included Below

Great News!  Effective October 8, 2018 the state of Tennessee has allowed a path for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to have more autonomy in writing therapeutic diet orders.  The updated rule reads: 

"All patient diets, including therapeutic diets, must be ordered by a practitioner, responsible for the care of the patient, or by a qualified dietitian to whom the physician who chairs the hospital's medical executive committee has referred this task. The medical staff and hospital's board of trustees shall decide the extent of ordering privileges that a qualified dietitian shall have and a mechanism to ensure that order writing by a qualified dietitian is coordinated with the responsible practitioner's care of the patient and complies with Tennessee law governing dietitians."  

Please reference the following for the complete rule change and approval: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/rules_filings/07-07-18.pdf.

Initiating this change at the hospital level will require approval of the medical executive committee.  The scope of order writing will likely vary from facility to facility based on the proposed and approved policy.  The Tennessee Academy hopes to work with RDNs throughout the state to share best practices and address any barriers to implementation.  The Academy has provided guidance on moving forward in your workplace. Please click here and here for more information.

This is a landmark day for our profession in Tennessee and we are grateful for those current and former board members who have worked on this advancement for the past several years.  A special thanks to our lobbyist Jill Tallbert for her efforts in ushering through this change and ensuring it remained true to our intent.

TAND in the National News

Way to go Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! We were recently recognized for our part in the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee - USBC's letter to Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, and Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, in support of breastfeeding for optimal nutrition and health protection for infants. We were joined by the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oregon Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsUtah Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsWisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics affiliates.

FNdinner Party in Tennessee

Dietitians definitely know how to have fun -- especially when we sit down to eat together! Whenever you gather with fellow #TNRDs#TNDTRs, or #TNRDs2B, share your group photos and videos using the hashtag #FNdinnerparty.
Link for more info: https://foodandnutrition.org/from-the…/virtual-dinner-party/

Check out our President, Emily Smith Maddux, and her fellow Chattanooga RDs!

Candidates for the National Ballot Needed

We are asking your assistance in helping identify future leaders for the Academy. We know there are individuals in your district and those you know who represent TAND at the state level who would make excellent candidates.  We ask your help in submitting their names.

There is a deadline of August 31 for President-elect, Speaker-elect and Treasurer-elect nominations. The deadline is critical, as the Nominating Committee will interview these candidates at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in the fall. Nominations for potential candidates for all other positions are due by October 26.

For more information about the responsibilities and qualifications for each position, go to www.eatrightPRO.org/qualifications. You should use the Call for Nominations form to submit names for ballot positions, which is on the Academy’s website at www.eatrightPRO.org/elections.  It just takes a few minutes to nominate a potential candidate.

Let’s get TAND members on the ballot and elected!  We did it last year and we can do it again!

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