: Under the general supervision of the Pediatric Senior Dietitian and the Manager, Clinical Nutrition and in accordance with established policies, procedures and departmental standards of practice, provides nutritional care to hospitalized pediatric patients and outpatients throughout their lifespan with consideration of human developmental stages from birth to adolescence and early adulthood. Interviews patients and/or families, and reviews medical records in order to assess nutritional needs. Develops and implements individualized patient nutritional care plans. Documents patient assessment, reassessment, nutritional care plan, and patient progress in the medical record. Maintains kardex information including dates of documentation for all patients in assigned areas. Directs the activities of support personnel in the assigned work area as needed.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition or a related concentration from a US Accredited College/University approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE).
Completed CADE accredited supervised practice program and successfully passed national examination for Registered Dietitian (RD) by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association.
License as a Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Rhode Island (must have within 6 months of hire). Proof of application for license to be submitted upon employment.
Thorough understanding of the application of principles of nutrition to human physiology and pediatric disease states. Thorough knowledge of the nutrition care process and the nutritional values of food and food groups.
The analytical ability to identify overt and potential nutritional problems. The ability to develop nutritional care programs.
The ability to communicate nutrition education through formal and informal channels.
Analytical and numerical skills to assess and calculate diets.
The administrative ability to direct and coordinate the delivery of quality nutrition care assigned areas of responsibility.
Maintenance of American Dietetic Association Registration through completion of 75 hours of continuing education every five years and Rhode Island LDN of 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years. Some of these hours should be spent in a pediatric specialty area.
Membership preferred in the American Dietetic Association and relevant practice groups such as the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG).
The ability to demonstrate the correct use of the Cook Chill system, CBORD software and Invision (training provided on the job).
Ability to resolve patient food service satisfaction issues through a thorough knowledge of patient service operation (training provided on the job).
Proficient computer skills in MS Word. MS PowerPoint and MS Excel preferred.
One to two years’ experience as a Clinical Dietitian preferred.
One to two years’ pediatric experience desired.