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Dietitian 32 hours Days

Description:

Dietitian- Outpatient Nutrition
32 hours/week

GENERAL SUMMARY: Under minimal supervision of Clinical Nutrition Manager and according to established guidelines, provides nutrition care to patients admitted to the Medical Center, including assessing nutritional needs, developing, documenting, and implementing nutrition care plans, providing nutritional counseling and education, and performing related duties to ensure timely and appropriate nutritional care of all assigned patients. Provides services to patients of all ages. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  
1. Nutrition Assessment Identifies patients at nutritional risk by utilizing the Department's nutritional screening process. Integrates clinical, anthropometric, laboratory, psycho-social, and nutrition data into a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients receiving an oral diet, or enteral or parenteral nutrition. Provides individualized recommendations that consider the patient?s disease/illness/injury, age, laboratory data, ethical, religious, and cultural issues and overall plan of care. Responds to nutrition consults as requested. 
2. Implementation /Delivery of Nutritional Care: Develops a nutrition care plan based on the nutrition assessment's objective and subjective data. Implements all aspects of the nutrition care plan. Provides individualized recommendations for enteral and parenteral nutrition support. Follows up on issues that inhibit optimal nutritional care. Evaluates and adjusts the plan as necessary, based on outcome of care and continuous monitoring of patient needs. Documents all nutrition care given in the medical record according to Department and Hospital standards. Documents information concerning the delivery of patient?s diet on the Diet Office Kardexes. Ensures the continuity of the patient's nutritional care by completing all necessary referral sheets when appropriate and refers patients to the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic when appropriate. Participates as assigned/appropriate on interdisciplinary Hospital committees, which include multi-disciplinary care and discharge rounds, and committees which address policy/procedure development and quality improvement. 
3. Nutrition Education Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients and patients? primary caregivers. Assesses knowledge/ comprehension & expected compliance of nutrition education/counseling provided. Tailors nutrition education to the patient?s age and cultural and religious differences as they pertain to learning ability/literacy level. Develops and revises nutrition education and nutrition marketing material as needed or requested, taking into consideration the age and ethnic and religious background of the target patient population. Supports nursing in food-drug interaction education program. Provides lectures/in services to ancillary services, nursing, physicians, and the community as requested. Provides departmental in services as requested. Participates in community nutrition/health education events as requested. Provides direct guidance, feedback, and training in clinical specialty area to Framingham State dietetic students.  
4. Quality Management and Performance Improvement Initiatives Assists in the formulation, implementation, and revision of policies, procedures, enteral, formulary, diet manual, and standards of care for the clinical and patient service areas of the Department when necessary or requested. Identifies opportunities for improvement in the Department and Hospital and communicates them to the appropriate manager. Participates in the development and indicator monitoring for the Department's quality control plan and performance improvement plan. Participates in the Hospital's quality improvement projects as requested. Supports patient satisfaction programs which may include meal rounds and patient satisfaction surveys. Responds to patient complaints. Keeps clinical activity statistics.  
5. Adherence and Support of Department and Hospital Policy and Procedures Complies with and supports all Hospital and Department policies and procedures. Preserves patient rights. Follows the professional guidelines of various governing bodies to ensure optimal, safe, and ethical delivery of nutritional care. Remains abreast of developments in the nutrition field through maintaining active registration in the American Dietetic Association, reading pertinent literature, and continuing education programs. Incorporates approved developments in the field of nutrition into patient services when practicable. Completes all Hospital and Department required in services and orientations.

Qualifications:

KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:  

1. Graduate of approved ADA college level training in Food and Nutrition or related field. Current active registration by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  
2. Six to twelve months of experience as a Clinical Dietitian.  

WORKING CONDITIONS: 
1. primarily office and patient care environment. Frequent walking, standing, sitting, and stooping during normal course of duties.  
2. May be exposed to communicable diseases due to patient contact.  

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the job.

MB8184
MWW

Category: Maintenance, Food, Housekeeping - Maintenance, Food Service,Housekeeping and Security

Primary Location: Natick, MA

Hospital/Facility: MetroWest Medical Center

Shift Type: Days