Happy Holidays from your Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board! Growing up the most treasured gifts in my home were those that were homemade. I always took most satisfaction in those gifts that required the most time.
Our gift to you this year is the time, energy, and effort of current and past board members who have volunteered their valuable time to ensure your job security through licensure efforts.
The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advocates for Idaho RDNs! In 2015, the board appointed a Dietetic Practice Act Revision Workgroup to review and update Idaho’s Dietetic Practice Act, which has not been updated since 1994. This workgroup met on a monthly basis reviewing and making necessary changes to strengthen our state licensure law, updating it to current practice, and aligning it with the Idaho Medical Practice Act.
We have worked closely with the Idaho Board of Medicine in addition to members from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Policy and Advocacy Team, healthcare groups across the state, and received no negative feedback that would prevent us from moving forward. Should we encounter any issues, we can pull the bill with no detriment to our current licensure. We do not anticipate this and are excited about the opportunities this provides to RDN’s across the state.
Updates to the licensure include:
• New or updated definitions that describe the practice of dietetics, including dietitian, evidence-based practice, and nutrition care process.
• Clarification of dietetic practice to account for the skilled diversity of services dietitian’s provide.
• Update of Section 54-3503 specifying requirements for licensure including provision for licensure by endorsement.
• Adding grounds for discipline including a new Section 54-3510A, Disciplinary Sanctions to align with the Medical Practice Act.
In early 2017 we will again do our annual presentation before the Health & Welfare Committee of the House and Senate (for the 6th time!). At that time we will be enlisting their support for this bill which will be presented to the Legislature by the Board of Medicine during the 2017 Session. We need your help! Please stay tuned for updates on ways to help us: contacting your legislators, attending the presentation at the State Capitol, and answering questions that may come to you at your work.
We are indebted to BOM officials and committee members who have spent countless volunteer hours on your behalf to review and update the Dietetic Practice Act. Please feel free to reach out and thank the many volunteer board members for their effort as well as members of the Dietetic Practice Act Workgroup (Julie Walker, Barbara Grant, Elaine Long, Sue Linja) and members of the Dietitian Licensure Board (Becky Sulik, Judith Butkus, Katie Miner, and Renee Watson).
The hours and resources spent by the Idaho Academy impacts all RDN’s in our state, both members and non-members. If currently not a member, please consider how your membership at the national level can help our state affiliate continue to ensure your job security for the future. We advocate for you!
To review the practice act please visit: https://bom.idaho.gov/BOMPortal/DIE/Laws_Rules/proposed_dietetic_practice_act.pdf
From my family to yours, we wish you all the best during this Holiday season and a happy start to your New Year!
Megan R. Williams, MDA, RDN, LDN, CDE
Idaho Academy President