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Using Academy Standards of Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics for Organization Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement

      Abstract

      Standards of Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics for an Organization is a self-assessment tool to measure and evaluate an organization's program, services, and initiatives that identify and distinguish the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) brand as the professional expert in food and nutrition. The Standards of Excellence will serve as a road map to recognize RDNs as leaders and collaborators. Standards of Excellence criteria apply to all practice segments of nutrition and dietetics: health care, education and research, business and industry, and community nutrition and public health. Given the membership's call to action to be recognized for their professional expertise, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Quality Management Committee developed four Standards of Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics for Organizations: Quality of Leadership, Quality of Organization, Quality of Practice, and Quality of Outcomes. Within each standard, specific indicators provide strategies for an organization to demonstrate excellence. The Academy will develop a self-evaluation scoring tool to assist the organization in applying and implementing one or more of the strategies in the Standards of Excellence indicators. The organization can use the self-assessment tool to establish itself as a Center of Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics. The role examples illustrate initiatives RDNs and organizations can take to identify themselves as a Center of Excellence in Nutrition and Dietetics. Achieving the Excellence level is an important collaborative initiative between nutrition and dietetics organizations and the Academy to provide increased autonomy, supportive management, respect within peers and community, opportunities for professional development, support for further education, and compensation for the RDN. For purposes of the Standards, “organization” means workplace or practice setting.
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      Biography

      J. A. Price is a faculty preceptor, Dietetic Internship, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

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      S. Kent is a clinical systems analyst, Center for Human Nutrition, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland, OH.

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      S. A. Cox is an assistant vice president, Food and Nutrition Services, Administration-Corporate Services, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC.

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      S. M. McCauley is director, Quality Management, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      J. Parekh is a consultant, Jupiter & Associates, Inc, Palatine, IL.

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      C. J. Klein is a tutor, Learning Assistance Center, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD.