Under the general direction of the Director of Food and Nutrition Service and FNS Clinical and Project Coordinator, ensures optimal nutritional care/support of all patients. The incumbent provides effective nutrition education/counseling to both inpatients and outpatients, as well as other staff members.
Nature and Scope:
The incumbent provides clinical nutritional assessment, planning and evaluation of neonates, infant, children, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients nutritional management expertise to this hospital. Demonstrating the ability to work with patient’s physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs specific to the population being served and meets standards of quality as measured by the Department age specific competency standards.
The incumbent is in a position of high visibility to both employees and the general public. This position is subject to a heavy volume of requests for consults and assessments from physicians on a daily basis. High standards of professionalism and respect for confidentiality of patient data are required.
This position has daily contact with nurses and physicians to discuss patient nutritional care, pharmacists for clarifying parenteral nutrition orders and food drug interactions; and patients and their families for proper nutritional care and education. The incumbent attends interdisciplinary team conferences in the patient care areas as assigned.
The major challenges to this position are:
This position requires daily independent decisions, i.e., those related to complex nutrition care of patients within prescribed diet prescriptions; recommending changes in nutrition care to physicians, individualizing diet instructions to patients ability to understand, decisions of work loads when dietitian staffing varies; and appropriate menu substitutions.
- Dealing with difficult patients who may complain because they are unhappy with their restrictive diets.
- Planning menus within the constraints of the food production units, dietary restrictions and patient tolerances.
- Dealing with complex nutritional support problems.
Decisions referred to supervisor for either consultation or approval include those relating to unusual circumstances or do not follow established guidelines.
This position does not provide patient care.
The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
Minimum Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred
Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English.
Past experience in acute care clinical dietetics will be given preference.
Registration with Commission on Dietetic Registration or must have completion of a dietetic internship and pass the registration exam within 90 days of hire date.
Computer / Typing:
Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc .