Many parents would agree that getting kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. Whether a child has general nutrition issues or complex medical needs, a pediatric dietitian can help provide comprehensive nutrition assessments, treatment and follow-up to make sure he or she gets the nutrition needed to grow and develop.
Ellen Wade, MEd, RD, LD, a pediatric clinical dietitian for the Minneapolis sixth floor, PICU and Children’s Home Care Pharmacy, tells us about her role and why she loves her job.
How long have you worked at Children’s?
I have worked at Children’s for 13 years, and I have been a dietitian for 30 years.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My electronic medical record task list will profile the patients I need to visit for the day, and then I prioritize my day into tasks. My planned day seldom turns into my actual day as new challenges develop for patient needs and plans change to make things work for the parents.
How did you decide to go into pediatrics?
I have always worked in a teaching hospital with multidisciplinary teams. Once I started my family, pediatric nutrition fit as the next logical step in my career. Being a parent of three children has helped me with compassion for parents in the raising of their children.
The top 5 reasons I love my job:
5. I hear a good story of how Children’s helped a parent’s child or the child of a friend, every day.
4. I work with an excellent medical team, every day.
3. I meet one new patient/family, every day.
2. I am able to teach nutrition principles, every day.
1. I help a child in a small way, every day.
What is one interesting fact about you?
My hometown is Deerfield, Ill. I have lived in the Windy City, the Motor City, the Indy City, the Arch City, the Quaker Oats City, and I moved to the Twin Cities the year of the Halloween blizzard.