The Registered Dietician is a key associate at Hope Network whose primary responsibilities include: The Registered Dietician directs and provides nutritional care to patients, conducts nutrition assessments and works with the health care team and food service staff to achieve continually improving standards of nutritional care. Analyze the effectiveness of interventions and use metrics to implement data-driven improvements. Develop diet plans and mitigate risk factors. Provide nutrition education to patients and their families, including diabetes education.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of job functions. This job description is in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee is required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties as assigned by management.
1. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential requirement of this position.
2. Completes nutritional screening, evaluation and assessments of HNNR patients.
3. Implements personalized, Nutrition Plans based on factors such as health, cultural preferences and level of physical activity.
4. Evaluates nutritional interventions and provides follow up to ensure continuity of care.
5. Monitors (or delegates the monitoring of) patients receiving enteral nutrition therapy. Evaluates the patient’s response to therapy through anthropometric and laboratory indices.
6. Attends and participates in pertinent patient care conferences and physician/team rounds on assigned services to improve communication and facilitate the provision of high quality patient care.
7. Clearly and concisely communicates appropriate nutritional care data through all record systems.
8. Counsels individuals and families in nutritional principles, dietary plans, and food selection, adapting plans to the individual.
9. Promotes better nutrition by speaking to groups about diet, nutritional principles and prevention and management of specific diseases.
10. Provide education about diabetic diets, nutrition and food safety to staff members.
11. Consults with food services staff regarding menus, food preparation, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
12. Obtain and follow physician orders. Document the patients’ progress. Bill for services provided.
13. Other duties as assigned.
Educational / Talent Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major studies in food and nutrition or dietetics.
2. Registered with the Commission for Dietician Registration and meets licensing standards for practice in the State of Michigan, required.
3. Knowledge of menu planning and the conversion of nutrient recommendations into food selection and menus.
4. Knowledge of sanitation standards is required.
5. Counseling and educational training for individual and group work.
6. Up to date on current nutrition research. Able to interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice.
7. Excellent interpersonal skills, including listening skills, and speaking skills.
8. Excellent written communication skills.
9. Strong problem solving, project management and organization skills.
10. Computer skills including use of Microsoft Office. Ability to learn and use electronic Medication Records, electronic Medical Records and others as needed.
11. Certification or ability to obtain Certification in First Aide/CPR.
12. Valid Driver’s license with driving record acceptable according to Hope Network policy.
13. Ability to work independently with flexible hours.
Work Experience Requirements:
1. One year of professional experience providing nutritional counseling and assessments.
2. Work experience in a licensed inpatient setting preferred.
3. Experience with data entry and data analysis.