Hey guys! Nurse Heather here. For those who don’t already know, I am a licensed and registered dietitian. Yep, you read that right – nurse and dietitian. Weird, right? And to answer your question, no, it was not my original plan to take that career path.
I first obtained my bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Iowa State University and went on to complete my dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After graduating and obtaining my license and registration, I worked in long-term care and acute-care settings. I loved interacting with and educating patients!
As time went on, I found myself wanting to do more for my patients than my degree allowed – I wanted to impact more than their nutrition, I wanted to provide hands-on care, and I wanted more opportunities to build a deeper connection with my patients. *Insert nursing school here.* One quick year later, I had my second bachelor’s degree, this time in nursing, from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Long story short, I am grateful to be in a unique situation now where I get to utilize both my nursing and dietetics degrees. I do enjoy nutrition, and I believe it is the foundation to healthy living – that is why I am excited to start offering nutrition sessions to our members in the near future! As we work out the kinks, I plan to occasionally post nutrition-related tidbits here, so stay tuned for some healthy insights as we start navigating the holiday season!
"He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all."