Warm greetings CNM Members!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at FNCE in October!  I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones at our member reception.  You’ll also be happy to know that your CNM Executive Committee was hard at work for 5 hours before the Opening Session—not only making plans for the rest of this year, but also tracking our progress on the CNM 3 Year Strategic Plan Roadmap.  Our current roadmap, which covers FY 2015-2017, will be updated and posted by the end of the calendar year, so stay tuned!

The CNM EC was happy to approve support for 2 initiatives that are important to our members.  The Oncology DPG has partnered with the Institute of Medicine for a collaborative workshop to review the topic of nutrition care in cancer.  Because of the role clinical nutrition leaders play in ensuring that appropriate RD staffing and systems in place for timely and effective nutrition care for oncology patients, the EC unanimously approved the allocation of $4,000 to support this initiative.  CNM Treasurer, Terese Scollard, was able to make the announcement at the Oncology DPG breakfast at FNCE and was greeted with rounds of applause and many thanks.  For more information about this initiative, please link here.   

The EC was also pleased to get an update on the next steps for the Clinical Productivity and Staffing Study from the CNM Research Committee and DPBRN Director, Rosa Hand.  During phase I, in order to address the lack of a national standard, CNM initiated a national multicenter study.  The aim of the study was to determine the average time to complete various tasks such as nutrition assessment, reassessment and nutrition counseling (taking acuity into account), as well as capturing the percentage of time spent completing indirect and indirect patient care activities.  The results of this first phase were published in the June 2015 issue of JAND. 

The committee is now in the planning stage for phase II which seeks to capitalize on the work done in phase I by showing a clear connection between the time dietitians spend in patient care and improved outcomes.  The EC unanimously approved increasing the FY 16 funding from $5,000 to $15,000 to initiate the process and consult with analysts and statisticians to determine appropriate study size, power, and other factors.  This initial work will help determine the total cost of the project, appropriate timeline, and next steps.  This information will then be used to seek funding for the rest of the study from a variety of sources.  I’m sure that, like me, you are all anxious to have a validated staffing tool that provides outcome data for use within your own organizations.

We are excited about the projects and initiatives on the horizon!  If you want to get involved or join any of our committees, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Because time flies, I want to wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season!  It will be here before we know it…

Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC
Chair, CNM DPG 2015-2016  

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