(1) Dietetic practice focuses on food and nutrition and related services developed and provided by dietitians to protect the public, enhance the health and well-being of patients/clients, and deliver quality products, programs and services, and medical nutrition therapy. Dietitians practice across varied settings, including health care, business and industry, communities and public health systems, schools, colleges, the military, government, research, food service management, teaching, consulting, media, writing, public speaking and informatics and private practice.
(2) Clinical nutrition and dietetics practice is the utilization of skills, knowledge and applied judgment of the dietitian whose practice involves nutrition care, medical nutrition therapy and related services provided to individuals and groups of all ages to address health promotion and prevention, delay or management of diseases and conditions.
Terms Used In Idaho Code 54-3502A
- CDR: means the credentialing organization of the academy of nutrition and dietetics that awards and administers credentials to individuals at entry, specialist and advanced levels who have met CDR’s specified criteria to practice in the dietetics profession, including successful completion of its national accredited certification examination and recertification by continuing professional education and/or examination. See Idaho Code 54-3502
- Dietetics: means the integration, application and communication of principles derived from food, nutrition, social, business and basic sciences to achieve and maintain optimal nutrition status of individuals through the development, provision and management of effective food and nutrition services in a variety of settings. See Idaho Code 54-3502
- Dietitian: means a person licensed under the provisions of this chapter as a licensed dietitian (LD) who:
Idaho Code 54-3502
(3) Clinical privileges. Authorization for clinical privileges is granted by the appropriate authority or a health care organization to a dietitian to provide specific care, treatment or services in the organization within well-defined limits based on licensure, education, training, experience, judgment and demonstrated and documented competence or certification.
(4) A licensed dietitian, in accordance with established protocols consistent with facility policy or procedure, may:
(a) Order patient diets, including therapeutic diets;
(b) Implement medical nutrition therapy;
(c) Order medical laboratory tests related to nutritional therapeutic treatments;
(d) Initiate, implement and adjust pharmacotherapy plans; and
(e) Perform nutrition-focused physical assessments to evaluate for nutritional risk.
(5) A board-certified specialist is a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist credentialed by the CDR or other certifying entity who has met empirically established criteria, who has successfully completed a specialty certification examination that simulates and tests practice-related knowledge, skills or abilities, and who:
(a) Conforms to the scope of practice and standards of practice as defined by the specialty certification entity;
(b) Carries out functions beyond the basic educational preparation for the registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist; and
(c) Maintains specialty certification by meeting the requirements specified by the certifying entity.