This position oversees patient diets in accordance with physician orders, coordinated and directs Clinical Nutrition Services and Education, and ensures nutritional adequacy of patient menus.
Job Specific Responsibilities:
§ Conducts Nutritional assessments and monitoring per Joint Commission guidelines.
§ Conducts nutrition education and in-service education to meet the needs of patients and staff.
§ Assesses patient’s nutritional status and establishes goals for each patient within 72 hours of admission.
§ Provides appropriate educational in-service to dietary and nursing departments.
§ Communicates with all appropriate disciplines information regarding patient care on a regular basis.
§ Participates in patient team conferences.
§ Participates on appropriate committees as appointed.
§ Evaluates and approves patient menus and approves modified diets.
§ Monitors, develops and assists with the Food Service Manager.
§ Instructs patients and their families on the nutritional needs for home and appropriate ways for achieving these as ordered by the physician.
§ Educates patient/family on food/drug interactions and documents appropriate notation of such in the patient medical record.
§ Documents all pertinent information regarding patient’s nutritional care in the patient’s medical record in a timely and consistent manner.
§ Assists in planning and conducting appropriate performance improvement.
§ Develops and maintains department policies and procedures.
§ Operates within set departmental budget and implements cost-saving procedures.
§ Correlates dietary needs with laboratory findings on a consistent basis.
§ Collaborates with physicians regarding nutritional needs and suggestions.
§ Closely monitors patient weight to ensure goals of gain or loss are achieved.
§ Recommends and/or assists with specific nutritional patient measurements in order to evaluate more specific goals i.e. calorie counts, pre-albumin/albumin monitoring , etc.
§ Allots extra time and problem solving to children who are failure to thrive, picky eaters, digestion problems, etc to assist in improving nutritional status.
§ Ensures flexibility and creativity in methods developed to assist children to eat.
· Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics or related degree
· Master’s degree preferred
· 1 year of clinical experience, pediatrics preferred
· Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas
· Registered with the Commission on Dietetics Registration
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