NSDA Newsletter - December 2020
Practice Advisor's Update
The following are common questions asked of me. When responding to questions, I refer to NSDA's policies and standards and the resources that accompany the Continuing Competency Program's Toolkit. I also liase with other health profession's practice advisors in Nova Scotia, and I am a member of a national network of practice advisors from other Canadian dietetic colleges.
Q. I am preparing to go on parental leave, what changes should I make to my registration status with the NSDA?
A. Under the current act, The Professional Dietitians Act, there are two classes of registration, temporary and full. Despite work status, a dietitian must complete all registration requirements for full membership, including payment of the full registration fee and completion of the Continuing Competency Program (CCP). The CCP submission should be relevant to your area of practice, demonstrating that you are staying up to date in relevant knowledge and skills. There will be a non-practicing cateory of registration under the new Act, The Dietitians Act.
Q. Due to the pandemic, there has been an organizational decision to host group nutrition sessions online. What should I consider when offering virtual group sessions?
A. When preparing for virtual practice, consider the following:
• Policies -- Prior to engaging in virtual practice, review the Virtual Practice Policy, the Position Statemon on Use of Social Media in Dietetic Practice, the relevant Standards of Practice.
• Virtual platform selection– Ensure you provide services using a secure platform. It is important to gain an understanding of security standards related to a virtual platform prior to using the product.
• Registration – It is important to know where clients are located during virtual sessions. If they are physically located outside of Nova Scotia, it is your responsibility to contact the relevant provincial dietetic regulatory body to gain an understanding of their virtual practice registration requirements. Some provinces will require registration in their province prior to offering virtual care.
• Client safety – Having quick access to a client's specific location and contact information is important, particularly if participants are at an increased risk for a health event. Should a health event occur, this information will allow emergency services to identify a participant’s location.
• Consent – Consent must be received for the collection of personal health information and provision of dietetic care. It is also important that dietitians obtain consent from clients for participation in virtual sessions and related security risks.
Amanda Connors, PDt
Practice Advisor/Registration Coordinator