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  • 01 Mar 2016
  • Feature
  • Arch Health
  • Nutrition

Janice Baker, RDE is featured in NBNSC Article this Month!

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Nation Board of Nutrition Certification - Certifee Spotlight
NBNSC’s president, Mary Hise Brown, PhD, RD, CNSC sat down with colleague Janice Baker, MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM to learn more about Ms. Baker’s career and the impact of certification.
Tell me about your career path and when you decided to get certified in nutrition support?
After completing my BSc in dietetics at Cal Poly SLO, I did my internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and had a nutrition support rotation. This was back in 1981 when so many aspects of nutrition support were still new, but being a large teaching hospital, it was fascinating to see so many dimensions of nutrition issues and work along with medical and nursing students. My first job as a diet tech then RD at a small hospital in Poway, CA gave me the opportunity to also learn from and work with many disciplines and in 1990 I first certified as a CNSD. I did not renew after the 5 years because of my change to outpatient care. However in 2009 working with many more complex patients in my outpatient practice as well as in home health consultations, I decided to renew and maintain my certification. As I work in many areas including but not limited to diabetes, eating disorders, bariatrics, orthopedics, obesity, GI, and oncology, this certification and depth of knowledge serves me very well.
Why do you think certification is important?
I believe this certification is very important if working with a variety of medical specialties. The knowledge base and credibility add great value as well as enhanced confidence and trust from referring providers. The physicians and other health care practitioners I work with value my ability to be a trusted resource. Since they are so spread thin in their practices, they know they can count on me for assistance with complex nutrition issues that they just can’t keep up to date on because of limited time. I enjoy studying for the exam, even though it is challenging and time consuming. And I read every A.S.P.E.N. journal cover to cover because they are perfect ways to maintain the knowledge base and keep current.
How does certification help in your workplace?
As mentioned, I am the only RD in our multi-specialty medical practice – we are also associated with a hospital system but their dietitians do not do outpatient work. Having been in practice since 1983, this certification keeps me on the cutting edge and my patients as well as providers count on me to be an excellent resource for nutrition issues. I am seeing more and more outpatient consults for unintended weight loss, sarcopenia, renal and hepatic disease and this will continue to grow because of the incidence of obesity and diabetes. I see bariatric patients years after surgery with metabolic /nutrition issues because of a lack of adherence/follow up/education. I take this responsibility and my professional credibility very seriously. On another note, I have been on occasion called to be an expert witness for some malpractice cases and the certification certainly was helpful in this facet of my practice.
What advice would you give someone that is contemplating taking the exam?
Absolutely subscribe to and use the practice exam modules – so helpful and a great way to study. Also essential is the Core Curriculum which also has practice questions. Start studying early and have a schedule for studying. I actually start about a year in advance (that’s just me) but there is a lot of material to cover. Review on a regular basis the website for updates and become a member of A.S.P.E.N. for the fabulous journals. I would also attend CNW if possible. I attended last year in Long Beach and just loved it- that was my first time. I would also join the local chapter of A.S.P.E.N. - we have a fabulous chapter here in San Diego. I am also a member of several specialty groups through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and I feel the oncology practice group is very valuable because of the complex nutrition support issues in these patients.
So after 33 years in practice, I am still fascinated and in love with my profession especially enjoy communicating and collaborating with colleagues.
Read the online version of this article here

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