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Yes, it's within an RNs autonomous scope of practice to act on orders given by a dietitian (non listed health professional) for a client's therapeutic diet or nutritional plan if all the following conditions are met:
If the above conditions cannot be met, the nurse cannot act on the dietitian's order and must obtain a client-specific order from a listed health professional – i.e., physician or NP.
Dietitians Regulation authorizes dietitians to assess nutritional needs, and design, implement and evaluate nutritional care plans and therapeutic diets. Dietitians recommend Schedule Ill and unscheduled vitamins and minerals as part of a nutritional care plan or therapeutic diet. Dietitians have clinical expertise in the design of nutritional care plans and therapeutic diets. Nurses seek advice and receive direction from dietitians in these clinical areas to provide safe and effective care to clients.
Determining oral diet is a non restricted activity, which means a nurse, or another health professional, can decide a client’s diet. However, employers/organizations may narrow scope of practice around determining client diet and set specific polices and procedures (see
Controls on Practice on the Scope resource page). Review your employer’s policies and guidelines so you are aware of any restrictions that apply.