Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Revised 2022 Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Public Health and Community Nutrition

Meg Bruening, Sandra Perkins, Adrienne Udarbe

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Abstract

Awareness of the social determinants of health has been increasing in recent years. These include equitable access to health care and foods that support healthy eating patterns. A wide range of issues related to these determinants influence practice in the public health and community nutrition field. In response to these evolving needs, the Public Health and Community Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, with guidance from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Quality Management Committee, has developed Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance as a tool for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDNs) currently in practice or interested in working in public health and community nutrition, to assess their current skill levels and to identify areas for professional development. The Standards of Practice address the four steps of the Nutrition Care Process for community and public health RDNs: assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and evaluation/monitoring. The Standards of Professional Performance consists of six domains of professional performance for community and public health RDNs: Quality in Practice, Competence and Accountability, Provision of Services, Application of Research, Communication and Application of Knowledge, and Utilization and Management of Resources. Within each standard, specific indicators provide measurable action statements that illustrate the ways in which RDNs can address population nutrition and health. The indicators describe three skill levels (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) for RDNs. These tools highlight the unique scope of expertise that RDNs provide to the field of public health and community nutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1744-1763
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Volume122
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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