I Passed My Test

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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!

Happy Tuesday!!

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8 comments:

  1. Wow!! That is awesome, girl!! Good for you!! :) I am so darn proud!

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  2. OH thank you Kayli!! I'm glad its over - though I still have to do so many continuing education hours every three years.

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  3. congrats.., i did the test last year and passed too. it was easy though. :)

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  4. OH do you work in healthcare? Are you using your credentials professionally?

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  5. Woohoo! Congrats on passing your test! AWESOME! :)

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