324 SPR 2011 Bethany Johnson How Genres Work in the Health Professions

324 SPR 2011 Bethany Johnson How Genres Work in the Health Professions

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Running head: GENRES IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 1 Genres in the Health Professions: The Writing of a Dietitian Bethany J. Johnson North Dakota State University
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GENRES IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore the career and genres of writing for a Licensed, Registered Dietitian (LRD) in the area of counseling and education, especially in regards to the treatment of eating disorders. Genre theory (which includes genre and genre repertoire) will be defined and discussed. Three documents of different genres will be examined: the individualized meal plan and sample day of food records, the position paper from the American Dietetic Association (ADA) as found in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA), and client progress notes/ assessment. Within those three documents, three combinations of elements of genre will be discussed: purpose and exigence, audience, and organization and terminology. These elements will be compared and contrasted in each document in an effort to understand the similarities, differences, and most importantly, how these three documents can be effectively used as a part of a dietitian’s overall genre repertoire
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GENRES IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS Genres in the Health Professions: The Writing of a Dietitian The career of a dietitian is as diverse as each individual dietitian working in the field. Some dietitians work with people and provide nutritional counseling and educational materials about healthful eating. Other dietitians work together with food scientists doing research, while still others oversee food management. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who pair healthy eating patterns with ways to make food taste good (L. Winters, personal communication, September 1, 2010). People often seek dietitians’ help when a person has disordered or disrupted eating patterns. Dietitians assist people struggling with their food intake and help them come up with a game plan to make improvements. It is my hope to work as a dietitian in a setting where I could provide counseling and education for people struggling with eating disorders. I would work as a team with other healthcare professionals to promote recovery. Keeping my future career goals in mind, I set out to acquire documents that I would work with on a day to day basis. Through networking and personal interviews, I was able to acquire a meal plan, a position paper, and progress notes. These documents of varying genres will represent a sampling of my future genre repertoire. In this paper, I plan on examining the elements of genre within the writings of several dietitians, using genre theory as the backbone. Writing as a Dietitian Dietitians have to work with a wide variety of people and therefore, need to be excellent communicators, not just in speech, but through writing as well. All the writing (as well as educational reading) a dietitian does during his or her time of practice is very important; it is not simply busy work, but works to serve a specific purpose. My future in the field of dietetics will
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2011 for the course ENGL 324 taught by Professor Dittmer during the Fall '11 term at ND State.

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324 SPR 2011 Bethany Johnson How Genres Work in the Health Professions

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