Dietitian earns certification in renal nutrition

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nancy Duhaime, clinical dietitian at Bartlett Regional Hospital, has achieved board certification as a specialist in renal nutrition.

Jim Strader / Bartlett Regional Hospital
Jim Strader / Bartlett Regional Hospital

In order to become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association, a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination.

Board-certified specialists in renal nutrition work directly with adults and/or children with acute or chronic renal disease or failure, under treatment by kidney transplantation or dialysis. As one of the qualifications to take the national exam, a dietitian must have a minimum of 2,000 hours working with individuals with chronic kidney disease and/or those who are receiving dialysis.

Since April of 1994, Duhaime has worked with adults who receive hemodialysis treatment at the Fresenius Medical Center’s Reifenstein Dialysis Center, located at in the Mendenhall Mall. The Center contracts with Bartlett for dietician services.

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