Recorded Webinar: The Health Care Staffing Crisis: Creative Solutions for Today's Challenges

This joint Today's Dietitian and Becky Dorner & Associates webinar was presented on Thursday, December 8, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. ET

Across the U.S. the staffing crisis is creating major challenges for the healthcare industry in many areas of practice and at multiple levels. With 23% of hospitals reporting a critical staffing shortage to the government, hospitals have seen a decrease of nearly 105,000 employees since February 2020. (1) What’s more, 61% of nursing homes are limiting new admissions and almost 73% are concerned they may have to close their facilities due to staffing challenges. (2)

Join Elaine Farley-Zoucha, RD, LMNT and Lyndel Schuster, MS, RD, as they lead a discussion focused on the staffing issues facing food and nutrition professionals in health care settings. To understand the shortage, Elaine and Lyndel will cite evidence-based resources that predicted RDN/NDTR and CDM staffing challenges that are based on numerous trends. Most importantly, the presenters will provide creative solutions for food service operations as well as proven strategies clinicians can implement to improve efficiencies while still maintaining quality of care for clients, residents and patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education course the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify trends that led to the current shortage of RDNs, CDMs and other healthcare professionals.
  2. Determine strategies to implement in the food service department to decrease staff burnout and improve workflows, while maintaining food quality.
  3. Implement strategies in the clinical setting to decrease staff burnout and improve workflows, while maintaining food quality.

Additional Information

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4.2.7, 5.2.7, 7.4.4, 14.1.8
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Elaine Farley-Zoucha, RD, LMNT was the founder  and CEO of EZ Nutrition Consulting, PC, which recently partnered with Health Technologies Inc -DiningRD. She has over 20 years of experience in Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Medical Nutrition Therapy. She began her career as a Dietetic Technician, Registered and Chef with an Associate Degree from Southeast Community College-Lincoln in Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Dietetic Technology. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and Dietetics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her internship at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.

Elaine specializes in Food Service Systems, Geriatric Care, and Quality Management for long term care facilities. She is a certified instructor and proctor through the National Restaurant Association in Serv Safe® – Food Safety and Sanitation program.  Elaine is a national speaker and author on Long Term Care regulations and Food Service Systems.

Elaine discloses that she is a stock shareholder for Health Technologies, Inc., however, she certifies that no conflict of interest exists for this program.


Lyndel Schuster, MS, RD is the Director of Account Management at Dietitians On Demand. Lyndel began her career in a variety of clinical and long-term care settings, and since then has also worked in academia, telehealth, corporate wellness, medical nutrition sales, and staffing industries as the nutrition expert. In her current role at Dietitians On Demand, Lyndel is motivated by providing registered dietitians with opportunities to advance their practice and elevate the dietetics profession. At Dietitians On Demand, Lyndel also enjoys presenting on topics related to career development and is the co-host of the Dietitians Only podcast from Dietitians on Demand. 

Lyndel certifies that no conflict of interest exists for this program.


Becky Dorner & Associates, Inc. #11481 is approved by the CDR to offer 1.0 CPEU for this webinar.

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  • 1.00 CDR


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