Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship

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Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Intership Experience


The Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship is 7 months for full-time interns, starting in August and ending in February.  Interns in graduate school rotate 32 hours/wk and is in the the internship is 8 months, starting in August and ending in March.

Internship Breaks:  The week of Thanksgiving;Monday prior to Christmas and returning the Monday after New Year’s Day; and MLK Day.

Orientation:  All interns must attend orientation prior to starting the internship. 

Online Sessions: On-line classes will be scheduled in the evenings throughout the internship. The sessions will  provide on-line live training, presentations, and discussions.

Rotation experiences include:

Food Management (6 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:

~ Implement steps to order, purchase, and receive food according to regulatory and budgetary requirements.
~ Create and implement recipes/menus to satisfy needs and demands of patients and café customers.
~ Assist with employee schedules, payroll, and providing training and development.
~ Participate in patient food delivery operations from meal selection to patient meal delivery
~ Evaluate workflow of systems, kitchen design, kitchen equipment and layout
~ Researching and implementing sustainability initiatives or trends to improve food management operations.
~ Analyze quality, financial and productivity data for use in planning.
~ Evaluate food & nutrition services to ensure that the environment for customers and associates is safe and regulatory requirements are met.

In-patient Clinical Nutrition (12 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Assess and educate patients with varying medical conditions
~ Present case study and a comprehensive literature review
~ Participate in functions of leadership

Outpatient Nutrition Counseling and Community (3 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Participate in providing medical nutrition therapy to patients/clients in the outpatient setting
~ Document requirements and follow-up of care and communications in the outpatient setting
~ Participate in coding and billing of nutrition services to obtain reimbursement for services
~ Participate in providing outpatient class or healthcare system community initiative
~ Estabish, coordinate, and lead a group  for a local grocery shopping tour.

Long Term Care (2 weeks)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:
~ Assess and educate residents of the elder population with diagnoses that include pressure ulcers, dysphagia, and unintended weight loss
~ Complete nutrition risk assessments, develop nutrition care plans, and follow up on interventions to ensure positive results
~ Learn the difference between regulatory agencies, different levels of care, and the regulations these impact

Research (1 week)
Experiences to include, but not limited to:

~Designated research topic estabished by the internship
~Collection of data, with analyzation of information, and literature research to support topic
~Research topic and findings presented as a poster