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Journey of an Aspiring Dietitian: 5 Tips for Future Graduates

Kaitlyn Bresee is a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. She currently works at Country Roads Community Health Centre as a Youth Activity Worker, and will be heading back to Guelph in the fall to start the Master of Applied Nutrition program to become a Registered Dietitian. Contact her at to learn more about her journey.

As a recent graduate from the Applied Human Nutrition undergraduate program at the University of Guelph and future student in Guelph’s Masters of Applied Nutrition (MAN) program, I have learned a few things about making it in this competitive field of study.  I am one of many students who spent the last four years competing for a spot in a dietetic internship or masters/practicum program. Through this post I hope to share a little about my on-going journey towards becoming an RD, and to offer up some tips for future internship and masters/practicum applicants. continue reading

Expectations Meeting Reality: A Dietitian Learning Long Term Care

Nicole Osinga, MAN, RD is an Ontario-based Registered Dietitian working in Long Term Care. In addition to clinical nutrition, she has a passion for education and writing. She teaches healthy cooking classes for those living with cancer and regularly writes educational pieces for her nutrition blog

From what I’ve gathered, it seems that new RDs don’t always rank working in Long Term Care (LTC) as their first choice.  Rationale from my colleagues regarding this hesitancy to work in LTC includes perceiving it as not exciting, not being able to be creative, nervousness about working with frail older adults and dealing with complex issues like tube feedings. On the other hand, I had developed a passion for LTC from prior work experience and was eager to work as an RD in LTC when I graduated from Internship. I appreciated the potential for building relationships while in a controlled, clinical setting – ideal for Type A personalities like myself.  continue reading

From Intern to Dietitian: 10 Keys for a Successful Transition

Vanessa MacLellan, RD became a dietitian in January 2013 and has had the opportunity to work in foodservice management and clinical roles in long term care and now has a growing consulting business, All Foods Fit Nutrition Consulting. Follow her @allfoodsfitNB and

A successful transition from an intern to a dietitian can have a very positive impact on our profession. Here are my top 10 keys to help interns take steps toward making a smooth transition and building a great foundation. continue reading

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