Pros: free meals, work experience in my field of study (nutrition and dietetics)
Cons: per diem position, no benefits (health, etc.)
I have had the opportunity to work as a Diet Clerk for two years. My responsibilities included interviewing patients regarding their food preferences, preparing snacks for the diabetic and renal patients, performing the last check of patient meal trays prior to delivery, and adjusting patients' menus to fit their diet order, diagnosis, and their daily eating habits. I learned a lot about nutrition and dietetics and how it can be used to heal and possibly harm. The most enjoyable part of this job was interviewing the patients. I enjoyed the patient contact as it allowed me to learn about their conditions and how food is used to treat such conditions. It was especially a learning experience when I would need to make food substitutions in case the patients disliked a certain food that was already being offered as part of their daily meal plan. Other things I learned while at this job was the theories and the practices behind therapeutic diets.