Pros: great co-workers, good healthcare, dental and vision benefits, great environment to work in
Cons: only contracted for 1 year at a time since my position is funded by research funds, employer not located in the state my husband and i want to live in long term
A typical day at work includes screening potential participants for eligibility to be enrolled in studies, counseling women currently enrolled in Clinical Weight Loss Trial, and managing student workers who work in the office.
Most of my time is spent in counseling sessions with our participants, these appointments consist of reviewing diet records, – more... nutrition education, and collecting data points relevant to study (weight, BMI, blood pressure). We have 125 participants enrolled in the trial as of 8/2013 and are still actively recruiting.
I work at our secondary office location with two Registered Dietitians, my supervisor is our Lab Manager who works in our primary office location. The two RDs and I share all counselling responsibilities equally. We are also responsible for any other communications with our participants including electronic communications. We are also responsible for keeping our schedule.
The hardest part of my job is the challenges brought by each individual participant. I only have 45 minutes to 1 hour in an appointment and so I have to be able to troubleshoot their weight loss challenges quickly and individually to that participant while staying within the parameters of their assigned group set by our Principle Investigators.
The most rewarding and enjoyable part of my job is when our participants are successful in their weight loss journey. Whether it be success in terms of actual pounds lost, inches lost in their waist circumference, or better lab values. – less