Meet Dr. Collins
Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA is a nationally recognized health and nutrition expert based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Collins began her career with a B.S. degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Hotel/Foodservice Administration. She was the school’s first foodservice student to specialize in the non-commercial foodservice sector and completed an internship at Sunrise Hospital (Las Vegas), which was created just for her. After working for several years as a foodservice director in a life care community, Dr. Collins realized the importance of combining her management background with the registered dietitian (RD) credential. She returned to school at night and completed a M.S. degree in dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University in 1991, which included a nine month internship at Holy Cross Hospital (Fort Lauderdale). Upon graduation, Dr. Collins started her own business offering consulting services to long-term care facilities. Her business flourished over the next several years and she soon was working with national companies and affecting patient care systems on a large scale. Dr. Collins returned to Florida International University once again for her doctoral degree in human nutrition, which was awarded in 2000. While at FIU, Dr. Collins taught undergraduate classes in foodservice management and clinical nutrition.
Dr. Collins has exemplified the spirit of a true entrepreneur in her career. She has two distinct loves, both of which are off the traditional path of registered dietitians. Dr. Collins’ first love is wound care while her second love is technology.
Dr. Collins is nationally known for her work in the wound care arena. She has extensively studied the nutritional needs of patients with wounds and the effects of unintended weight loss on healing. She is passionate about educating other health care professionals and has delivered more than 450 professional lectures on these topics. Dr. Collins is also a prolific author and has numerous publications to her credit. Dr. Collins is an editorial advisor to the journal Advances in Skin and Wound Care, a contributing editor for Ostomy-Wound Management, and an editorial advisor for Today’s Diet and Nutrition. She is also a member of many medical advisory boards including the American Professional Wound Care Association, which granted her Fellow status. Dr. Collins is the sole dietitian with the FAPWCA credential. Her ground breaking work in wound care has led to a second specialty in litigation and risk management. Dr. Collins has served as an expert witness in over 450 medical malpractice and wrongful death suits involving the interwoven issues of nutrition, wounds, body weight and the applicable standard of care.
Dr. Collins’ work in wound care highlighted the need for quality, professional resources for health care professionals. This need led Dr. Collins to create Nutrition411.com and Wounds411.com. These web sites provide over 2500 free, peer reviewed, downloadable and customizable resources covering a multitude of topics in nutrition and health care. Health care professionals from around the globe turn to Dr. Collins’ sites for patient handouts, slide sets, in-services, policies, and more. In a recent media article, Nutrition411.com was called the Google of dietetics and nutrition. Dr. Collins says “My goal is for dietitians and health care professionals to spend less time redeveloping every handout so they will have more time to spend with patients and clients. We can improve health care outcomes by having quality materials available for everyone to utilize. The Internet makes this global library possible.”
Dr. Collins also has a long history of service to the profession. She is a past president of the Broward (Fort Lauderdale) Dietetic Association, past president of the Florida Dietetic Association, and past chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group. In 2010 she completed a three year term as the Florida affiliate delegate to the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Currently, she serves the Academy as vice-chair of the Nutrition Informatics Committee and as the Academy’s representative to the Alliance on Wound Care Stakeholders.
Dr. Collins has received many awards for her contributions to the profession including:
- Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, Nutrition Entrepreneurs (2009)
- Circle Award for RD411.com, Dietitians in Health Care Communities (2009)
- Distinguished Dietitian of the Year, State of Florida (2003)
- Distinguished Dietitian of the Year, Broward County (2000)
- President's Award for Mentorship, Broward County (1999)
Watch a comedic reenactment of Dr. Collins’ career path delivered by her mentor, Dr. Leslie E. Cummings during the award ceremony for Dr. Collins’ Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award.