Do all Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) members support their leadership’s campaign for exclusionary licensure laws?
No. First, there are thousands of RDs who are excellent nutrition practitioners, and deserving of the right to practice. The exclusionary licensure campaign is a top-down effort from national AND leadership, not from the rank and file.
Some Registered Dietitians (RDs) appear in favor of exclusionary licensure but are unaware of the negative impacts. And a greaty many RDs who are familiar with the issue or who have been exposed to excellent non-RD nutrition care providers oppose exclusionary laws. Many RDs are extremely dissatisfied with the AND leadership’s aggressive and divisive approach.
There is a clear opportunity for collaboration among all nutrition care providers to ensure a diverse workforce which puts public health ahead of professional self interest.