Dietetic Spotlight on Alissa Rumsey RD, CDN, CNSC, CSCS at NewYork-Presbyterian
By STACEY DUNN-EMKE, MS, RD on NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Alissa Rumsey is an accomplished dietitian working at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She is also a Media Spokesperson and a Social Media Co-Champion. She has a great career path story to share. – Stacey
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Growing up, I was very active and played a lot of sports. I never had to think about my weight or what I ate, until I stopped playing a few sports my senior year of high school. I began to put on weight, and became more conscious of what I was eating. That year I was also taking an AP Biology class and when we got to the section on digestion and nutrition I was hooked. I thought it was so interesting how what you put in your mouth truly affected how your body worked. At the same time, I began working out at a gym and getting more into weight lifting. By the time I was picking my major for college I knew that I wanted to focus in Nutrition, as well as Exercise Science.
Your Job Title? Senior Dietitian
Company you are with now? NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Other Social Media links:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/newyorkpresbyterian
- On Twitter: @alissarumseyRD; @nyphospital
- On Instagram: @alissarumseyRD; @nyphospital
Describe atypical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
In my role as Senior Dietitian at NYP, I am lucky enough to be able to have clinical duties as well as gain experience in a management role. My mornings typically revolve around my patients, as I cover the Surgical and Neurological Intensive Care Units. I round with the medical team for one or two hours each morning, working with the physicians, nurses and pharmacists to come up with a plan of care for each patient. After rounds, I check in on patients who are due for a follow up, and assess any new admissions that need nutrition intervention. My afternoons are spent on the different projects I am assigned to, including at least one or two meetings. I am the Information Technology Liaison for the Nutrition Department across all six NYP hospital sites, so many of my projects related to the Electronic Health Record and different updates and changes we are making to it. I am also in charge of coordinating any media requests that the hospital gets for a nutrition related topic. I review the request and either provide a NYP dietitian for them or do the interview myself. I am also the Social Media co-champion in our department, so I work on submitting nutrition related information to our Social Media Manager for distribution via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
After I completed my dietetic internship, I knew that I wanted to work in a large, urban teaching hospital. I started looking for jobs in New York City, and after applying to a few, I found that NewYork-Presbyterian was a perfect fit.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am naturally stronger in science and math, so I’ve had to work on stretching my creative brain a bit. Also, while I’m leading comes naturally to me, it was an adjustment when I had to be in the role of the disciplinarian when I became a Senior Dietitian.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Get involved and say “yes” to as many opportunities as you can! When I started at NYP we had a lack of Dietitians who were interested in media interviews. I was asked one day to go on camera for a BBC News broadcast, and while I was extremely nervous, I said yes. Since then I’ve done dozens of media interviews, and went on to become the Media Spokesperson for the New York State Dietetic Association. If I hadn’t said yes to that first interview, I would have never realized how much I enjoy social media and communications. It paid off, as I’m now working on a Master’s of Science degree in Health Communications!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
I would loved to be paid in good food (I’m a huge foodie!) and travel.