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WIC Nutritionist - Nancy Overson

WIC Nutritionist - Nancy Overson

Nancy Overson, WIC Nutritionist and NDNC Member

What do you do on a typical day of work?

  • Working at WIC is a lot of fun.  I get to work with pregnant women, babies and children under the age of five.  Not only do I get to chit-chat with people, but I also provide nutrition education for clients and their children.  I refer to other programs and facilities that can help clients with additional needs.  Throughout the day, I also issue food vouchers for the client to cash at the grocery store.  Also, I focus on breastfeeding education for pregnant and delivered moms.

What are the working conditions like?

  • Stress- The job is low stress most days, but of course there are mild to high stress days occasionally too.  
  • Pace - The pace varies, sometimes you can barely keep up and other days you have many no-shows.  
  • Physical Comfort - The only physical work we have is moving an occasional supply delivery box.   
  • Travel - Bismarck/Mandan WIC travels to six out of town satellite sites. The one way travel time varies from a 45 minute drive up to almost 1 ½ hours.   Also, we partner with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health for OPOP (Optimum Pregnancy Outcome Program) and Well Baby program.  I myself rarely go to the out of town sites, but I am the nutritionist that goes to OPOP four times a months and Well Baby once a month.
  • Environment – I work in the Bismarck office with four other employees.  Another employee works in Mandan.                                                                                                                                                                
  • Hours – My normal hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Twice a month I work until 5:00 pm.  In Bismarck, there are four late days a month where WIC is open until 7:00 pm 

What education requirements, college degrees, licenses are needed for your career? 

  • I have a BS in Community Nutrition, and am a Licensed Nutritionist.  Although, it is not required for my job I became a Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) last year.

What are the most and least rewarding parts of your job?

  • The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I am helping people.  Whether it is just to help provide food and information, or to “be there” for people that don’t have any other support.  The least rewarding ….hmmm that’s a tough question!  Seeing what some kids and families have to go through is quite disheartening!

What do you wish you knew (but didn’t) when you first contemplated this career? 

  • My biggest regret is that I wish I would have pursued RD instead of LN.

What is one piece of advice you would give to undergraduate dietetics/nutrition students?

  • Intern, volunteer, or follow many different areas of nutrition to see where you think you best fit.  I lucked out and ended where I think I fit the best, but it doesn’t work out like that for everyone.

Why are you an NDNC member?

  • It is a great organization that connects professionals around the State.
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