|You know a text is well used when it is beat up and has a rip or two!|
When I'm not playing blogger and am working my 9-5, I coordinate nutrition services for the health care center of a continuing care retirement community. Last July, I started an online Dietary Management course through the University of North Dakota. I completed it this past July and then had about three months to prepare for the national credentialing exam to be a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM, CFPP).
I am happy to DECLARE that I passed my exam and am now able to apply to be a CDM, CFPP as well as be a member of the professional organization, ANFP (Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals).
So what does a CDM, CFPP do? Well - it is a requirement for facilities that are governed by CMS (Medicare) to have a staff member have the credentials. We are a part of the IDT (interdisciplinary team, also made up of people such as Director of Nursing, Social Services, Activities, Therapy - etc) that plays an integral role in developing care plans for each resident. I work with residents to mesh their food preferences with their diet orders. I creatively find ways to help residents obtain optimal nutrition.
As a CDM, you need to know physical signs of malnutrition, dehydration, edema among other things. Types of fruit and starches you can offer a resident on a renal diet. Proper sanitation procedures. Cross-contamination prevention. Different diet textures for residents that have dysphagia or ill-fitting dentures. This is just off the top of my very tired, and fried head. There is a lot more where that came from.
Today I just wanted to simply share this awesome feat. I'm so excited that I passed, cause I was quite worried about it. I am thinking about offering a "food safety for the family" ebook or guide for sale. Your thoughts? I'd love to know!