Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Clinical Nutrition

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Elizabeth F. Lowe

Committee Members

Jamie B. Kridler, Amelia Brown


The purpose of this study was to ascertain the number of registered dietitians in Tennessee who perceive they are practicing at advanced levels versus those making recommendations only. Job satisfaction according to order writing privileges was also assessed. A five question survey was sent to hospitals meeting selection criteria. Thirty-three surveys (89%) were returned. Eighty-nine percent of dietitians with order writing privileges considered themselves to be advanced level practitioners compared to 60% in the group of dietitians who did not have order writing privileges. Dietitians with order writing privileges indicated greater job satisfaction compared to dietitians that did not have that privilege. Greater job satisfaction was reported with advanced level skills which included order writing privileges. This study may show the need for dietitians to pursue advanced level skills in order to be challenged by their work, which may improve job satisfaction, and advancement in the field of nutritional care.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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