Food and Nutrition Services

Food and Nutrition Services at The Queen's Health Systems is responsible for the delivery of quality nutrition care services to Queen's patients, employees, visitors and community members.

Our Team

Food and Nutrition Services within The Queen’s Health Systems includes Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), who are food and nutrition experts certified by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), which is the largest organization of nutrition professionals. Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists also hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as Certified Nutrition Support Clinicians (CNSC), Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs), and Certified Renal Specialists (CRS). Our Dietitians offer their expertise to other departments including:

All medical center food service personnel must also complete training on food preparation methods, safety and sanitation, and hospital food services such as special diets for patients.

Certified Nutrition Support Clinicians (CNSCs): provide nutritional intake recommendations to patients who cannot eat a normal diet, for example, those in critical care who require intravenous feeding. These clinicians are certified through a national exam and maintain their CNSC status by passing the national certification exam every five years.

Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs): licensed or certified health professionals such as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), nurses or physicians who have a minimum of two years and 1,000 hours of diabetes patient education, work in a primary role as a diabetes educator and have passed the national certifying exam. Maintenance of the CDE credential requires passing the national certification exam every five years or acquiring a specified number of Continuing Education hours.

Certified Renal Specialist (CRS): advanced practice specialists in Renal Nutrition care. They provide expertise to patients with kidney disease, including those requiring dialysis and transplant recipients. They have successfully met practice hour requirements, passed a national certification exam, and must re-take the certification exam every five years.

Inpatient Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs): monitor admitted patients’ nutritional status to help with recovery from illness. Dietitians assess patients’ nutritional status, instruct and counsel patients who are on special diets, and monitor how patients are eating.

Outpatient Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs): provide nutrition assessment and diet education to patients who are not hospitalized.