Registered Dietitian - PGMC
Employment Type: Full-Time
The Registered Dietitian works closely with the departmental and interdisciplinary health care team to provide inpatient care that is integrated and compatible with patient-centered medical goals and objectives. Utilizes the Nutrition Care Process and Terminology (NCPT) to assess nutrition status, identify nutrition diagnoses, and develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients at nutrition risk. Provides nutrition education and counseling to patients, families, and the community. Trains nutrition and dietetics interns and other health care professionals. Applies evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, instructional methods, and tools.
Bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, or related area granted by a US regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent. Completion of required dietetics coursework and supervised practice through a Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship, or a Coordinated Program in Dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR); certification/licensure as required by state of practice.
Ability to maintain assigned work hours:
Requires endurance to perform tasks over long periods of work hours.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Nutrition AssessmentAssesses nutrition status of patients by systematically collecting, recording, and interpreting relevant data from patients, clients, family members, caregivers, and other individuals and groups. Utilizes food-/nutrition-related history; anthropometric measurements; biochemical data, medical tests, and procedures; nutrition-focused physical findings; and client history to determine factors affecting nutrition and health status, and compares data to criteria, relevant norms, and standards for interpretation and decision making. Organizes and categorizes the data in a meaningful framework that links nutrition assessment parameters with nutrition diagnoses, and determines when a problem requires consultation with or referral to another provider. Nutrition DiagnosisFinds patterns and relationships among the nutrition assessment data to identify a nutrition problem that can be resolved or improved through treatment/nutrition intervention.Prioritizes the relative importance of problems for patient/client/group safety.Utilizes standard nutrition diagnostic terminology to write a PES (problem, etiology, and signs/symptom) statement that describes the problem, its root cause, and the assessment data that provide evidence for the nutrition diagnosis. Nutrition Intervention/Plan of CareFormulates a nutrition intervention plan based on the nutrition diagnosis and its etiology that prioritizes diagnoses based on urgency, impact, and available resources; utilizes evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and other practice guidelines; coordinates care with other health care providers; and considers patients’/clients’ values and expected outcomes.Selects nutrition intervention strategies to affect nutritional intake, nutrition-related knowledge or behavior, environmental conditions, or access to supportive care and services. Confers and collaborates with patient/client/caregivers to implement and communicate the nutrition care plan; defines time and frequency of care, including intensity, duration, and follow-up; modifies the plan of care as needed. Nutrition Monitoring and EvaluationIdentifies patient/client outcomes relevant to the nutrition diagnosis and intervention plans and goals to determine the amount of progress made and whether goals/expected outcomes are being met. Monitors and measures outcomes by selecting nutrition care indicators that are relevant to the nutrition diagnosis and its etiology and signs and symptoms, as well as to the nutrition intervention, medical diagnosis, and quality management goals for nutrition, practice setting, patient/client population, and disease state and/or severity. Compares current findings with previous status, nutrition intervention goals, and/or reference standards to evaluate the overall impact of the nutrition intervention on the patient’s/client’s health outcomes. Counseling and EducationProvides nutrition counseling and education to patients, families and caregivers, and the community using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and appropriate instructional methods and tools.Assists in the education of nutrition and dietetics students and interns; plans learning experiences, teaches, and evaluates performance. Documentation and CommunicationDocuments relevant, accurate, and timely information performed in the Nutrition Care Process in the patient’s electronic medical record.Communicates and influences treatment interventions determined by the medical team through interdisciplinary meetings, rounds, medical conferences, and nutrition-related in-services; serves as a resource on nutrition issues. Works collaboratively with foodservice staff and ambulatory dietitian(s) to assure conformance with and continuation of nutrition care plan. Accreditation and Regulatory ComplianceDemonstrates accountability with the rules for use and disclosure of patient/client protected health information required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).Assures that care delivered to each patient is in accordance with state regulation and licensing, certification, or registration for the nutrition and dietetics practitioner. Assists in achieving compliance with The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), or other accrediting agency standards to continuously improve both the safety and quality of care for the patient/client and the organization’s overall performance.Complies with federal requirements set forth under the Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoP) and/or Conditions of Coverage (CoC) in order to receive Medicare/Medicaid payment; ensures state and local certification for health, safety, and quality standards are met.
Management Functions Maintains productivity standards and practices effective time management and prioritizing of tasks. Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing. Manages resources (time, materials, and staff) in a cost-effective manner. Oversees and assigns the workload of nutrition and dietetics technicians and diet clerks. Participates in the orientation and training of students, nutrition and dietetics technicians, and new dietitians.
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