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Milestone for Dietitians in Nutrition Support (10/2013)
Our hats off to Dietitians in Nutrition Support (DNS), which celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2013. A practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the group was originally named Dietitians in Critical Care. The name change in 1986 reflected the expanding use of nutrition support, as clinicians started to send patients home on parenteral and enteral nutrition. Today, the group has about 3,250 members. Its vision is “To serve members so they will possess knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide safe and efficacious nutrition support therapy.”
DNS offers clinicians nutrition support–related skills workshops, educational sessions, and opportunities for networking and mentoring. The group works closely with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), and many DNS members are also Oley members. DNS is also involved with public policy as it relates to nutrition support.
Noting the anniversary, Marsha Stieber, MSA, RD, CNSC, writes, “The need for and use of enteral and parenteral nutrition support interventions for all age groups, in a variety of settings, for innumerable reasons, and often accompanied by a plethora of challenges requires knowledgeable, skilled, and competent credentialed dietetics practitioners in partnership and collaboration with many other health care providers” (Support Line, October 2013).
Thanks for all you do, DNS, and happy anniversary!
LifelineLetter, November/December 2013