Challenges and Reflections on the Experience and Development of the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics: A Starting Point With the First Indigenous Dietitian in Saudi Arabia

Challenges and Reflections on the Experience and Development of the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics: A Starting Point With the First Indigenous Dietitian in Saudi Arabia

Elham Abbas Aljaaly (King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6061-6.ch006

Abstract

Culture's membership could result in varied pathways to careers, choices of career, and work opportunities. Several factors including culture and gender of individuals could influence career development and the practice of the career. Some theories were developed to connect culture and career, and others were developed for assessment and applications on career development. Therefore, the author for this chapter has used the systems theory framework of career development (STF) to tell her story, challenges, and reflection on the professional development and experience as the first indigenous dietitian in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
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Case Description: Connection Of Theory And Practice And Influences On Experience And Career Development

For all professionals who provide health care, it is tremendously important to understand and relate nutrition facts and services to their practice. Altogether health professionals need minimally fundamental training to successfully evaluate dietary consumption and deliver suitable diet instructions and management to patients/clients (DiMaria-Ghalili et al., 2014). However, the advanced dietary assessment and treatment should be provided by a licensed dietitian. They should also be familiar with the food habits and cultures of the communities in which they work.

Key Terms in this Chapter

WHO: The World Health Organization.

FAO: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

KSU: King Saud University.

Registered Dietitian (RD): Or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), is a dietitian who meets all of a set of special academic and professional requirements, including the completion of a bachelor's degree with an accredited nutrition curriculum, an internship at an approved healthcare facility, foodservice.

CLN: The Clinical Nutrition Department/Program.

KAU: King Abdulaziz University.

UN: The United Nations.

SDA: Saudi Dietetics Association.

SCFHS: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

UNESCO: The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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