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Hey there! Hope you’re having a great day! I have been looking forward to putting together this post about my daily routine as a clinical dietitian for a while now.
You may remember that I used to be a school RD and switched to working in a hospital this summer. It took me a while to get into a good routine because my schedule has completely changed and my commute is longer. I think I’ve finally got things down now, so here’s what an average day looks like.
Getting the Day Started…
5:00am- my alarm goes off. Per usual, I hit the snooze button once… or twice… (but really, who’s counting?) and browse around on my phone for a minute. Then I finally decide to roll out of bed.
I wash my face, brush my teeth (make-up is minimal these days) and put on my scrubs. Wearing scrubs to work is pretty much the most amazing thing ever. I never have to think about what to wear and it takes me about 1 minute to get dressed in the morning.
Every morning, Lily follows me around and hangs out with me while I get ready.
She usually keeps to herself during the day/evening so I kind of like our little morning time. FYI- it’s never too early for a belly rub.
I sat my breakfast out on the counter last night, which is a pear and 1 oz of almonds. This is a typical breakfast for me these days because nuts and fruit are easy to eat in the car. I try to pick a fruit that has fiber (apple, pear, etc) to help hold me over until lunch.
5:48- I’m out the door. Today is rainy and cold- blah. I have a 1-hr commute to work and once a week I treat myself to Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, which I pass on my drive. Today is that day! I love their coffee and it breaks up my drive a little bit. I pick up a large coffee and a water for the road. I eat my almonds in the car.
Time to Get to Work…
6:58- I arrive to work and get into my morning routine: clock in, fill up my water bottle and start putting together the patient list for the day.
Here’s my little work area & some office décor
8:15- Breakfast, part 2: I eat my pear
8:30- Time to officially get this day started! I spend the morning in rounds and seeing patients. Here’s a rundown of the types of things I normally do:
- Provide educations for patients with nutrition-related conditions (diabetes, congestive heart failure, stroke, etc.)
- Assess patients who are at risk nutritionally and provide an intervention (for example, if a patient has a non-healing wound then I might talk to them about the importance of protein intake and order them an amino acid supplement)
- Manage nutrition support (tube feeding and TPN) when a patient cannot eat
12:30- Lunch time! I buy my lunch from the cafeteria today and decide to go with the salad bar. I end up with: lettuce, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, cheese, turkey, eggs and sunflower seeds.
I love getting the salad bar because sometimes my vegetable intake is a little low at home. I try to include a colorful arrangement of vegetables and some sort of protein.
1:00- Time to get back to work… I start charting on all of the patients I saw this morning.
2:15- Our hospital lets local farmers set up a small farmer’s market in the parking lot, and I take a break to go see what kind of vegetables they have today. I love that this is available to employees. It’s convenient, cheaper than the grocery store and of course supports the local farmers.
I end up with tomatoes, a green pepper, some cucumbers, a squash and a cantaloupe for $6.
After my shopping trip, I head back to the floor to see the last of my patients who weren’t available earlier in the day. Then I finish charting on everyone.
I typically leave work at 4:30pm, so sometime in the later afternoon (3:30-4:00), I try to eat a snack that will hold me over until dinner. If I don’t then I am starving by the time I get home. Today I packed some homemade applesauce with ½ C plain greek yogurt.
4:30- Goodbye, hospital. Cya tomorrow.
5:30- I should be home right now, but really I am sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. There is an accident literally ½ mile from where I live, and I try to maintain my sanity while I am going 0 mph. I have also made the mistake of drinking 16 fl oz of water on the drive home. Yeah, not helping the situation.
Home Sweet Home
6:15- Finally get home! The first thing I do is take the puppers for a walk. They are way too excited to stop for a decent pic.
6:30- I make meatloaf for dinner and try to use up a lot of the vegetables I got from the farmer’s market. I end up baking the squash and tossing the tomato and cucumber in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I also cut up the cantaloupe.
8:00- By the time everything finishes cooking, we eat and the kitchen gets cleaned up, it’s already 8pm, so I hop in the shower. I like taking my showers at night because it’s one less thing I have to do in the morning.
8:30- I set out all of my stuff for the following workday. This is a pretty important part of having a smooth morning and leaving for work on time. Here’s what I normally do:
- Set out a clean pair of scrubs and stick a pair of socks with my shoes
- Locate my car keys and put them in my purse beside my work bag
- Pick out my breakfast and put it on the counter
- Find a clean water bottle and stick it in my work bag
- Get my coffee ready for the AM
- Pack my lunch for tomorrow
9:00- Things start winding down for the night. K walks the dogs and I get ready for bed.
9:30- Lights out… I watch TV until about 10 and then go to sleep. Goodnight <3