From Supervised Rotations to Career
Christina Grant, Food Service Management Dietetic Technician Alum, talks about her supervised practice rotations that led her directly into the job market even before she had graduated from the Thompson School.
My name is Christina Grant and I graduated from the Thompson School in 2002. After graduating high school in 1997, I worked a few years mostly in a retail setting because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I always had an interest in Nutrition and when I heard about the Thompson School I thought it would be a great opportunity to pursue a degree in the field.
I am now working as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) in an acute care hospital. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Thompson School as it enabled me to receive a degree as a DTR in just two years. The thing I liked best about the Thompson School was the small class sizes and the hands on experience. As part of my degree requirement I completed three rotations in food service, clinical and a community setting. For community supervised practice, I worked with the Meals on Wheels program for elderly adults and provided nutrition education to preschool children in the Head Start program. Under the supervision of the University Hospitality services dietitian, I developed and presented a program on healthy eating for students in the UNH dining halls. My food service rotation was at Health South Rehab in Concord where I learned the daily operations of a healthcare food service establishment and worked with the Dietetic Technicians to assist in the nutrition care of the patients. For my clinical rotation I spent time at Concord Hospital, working with Dietetic Technicians and Dietitians to screen and assess patients for nutritional care.
Once I completed my clinical rotation I knew that was what interested me the most, working in a hospital to help patients. I was actually hired before I even graduated from the Thompson School as a Diet Technician at the hospital where I completed my clinical rotation! I have now been a DTR there for over eight years and plan on working there until I retire. I now have the opportunity to work with Dietetic Technician students from the Thompson School who come to the hospital to complete their rotation and I am happy to prepare them for a rewarding degree as a DTR.
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