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Clinical Dietician

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Job Details
Job Order Number
2811813
Company Name
North Alabama Medical Center
Physical Address
1701 Veterans Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Job Description

Dietitians are responsible for crafting the diets of patients and for educating individuals on the benefits of maintaining proper dietary standards.

Education

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree (BS, BA).
  • Successful completion of an approved didactic and accredited dietetic internship, AP4
    program, or coordinated program.
  • Successful completion of the dietetic registration exam, or ability to successfully complete the
    examination within 4 months of hire.
  • Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (RD), and Licensure with the State
    of Alabama Board of Examiners for Dietetic/Nutrition Practice (LD).
  • Requires membership in the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
  • Requires knowledge of management practice and principles, and broad knowledge of clinical
    nutrition practice.
  • Requires skills to manage a variety of positions, programs, services and methodologies.

Experience
Requires at least three months but less than one year of work experience.

Complexity of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Job activities are complex, diversified, and only partially structured.
  • Requires considerable judgment to work independently toward general results, modifying or
    adapting standard procedures to meet different conditions, making decisions based on
    precedent and hospital policies.

Supervisory Accountability:

  • No supervisory responsibilities.
  • May train and/or orient new employees.

Confidentiality:

  • Works with confidential data such as medical records, personnel data, costs, individual wage
    and salary rates and other similar information which, if disclosed my result in internal
    problems and may be, in a limited sense, detrimental to hospital relationships.

Interpersonal Contacts:

  • The position has frequent communications with middle and upper level management and
    professional employees. Communication involves fairly complex information of largely
    routine matters.

Essential Job Function

  • Assess patient nutritional status and formulates a nutritional care plan for patients of all ages in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates the appropriateness of medical nutrition therapy and adapts plan accordingly.
  • Functions as a nutrition resource for physicians, staff and community.
  • Interacts with nurses, pharmacists, and physicians to resolve special feeding problems.
  • Performs calorie counts on an as needed basis.
  • Provides diet instructions to patients as ordered and as appropriate according to policies and
    procedures.
  • Able to calculate tube feeding and TPN.
  • Participates in planning, supervision, and teaching dietetic interns and other students.
  • Develops, updates and maintains policies, procedures and standards for the provision of
    optimal cost-effective nutritional care to patients.
  • Manages and controls resources and materials to ensure quality and adequacy of supply.
  • Resources and materials may include: patient menus, tray mats, tents, napkins, satisfaction
    surveys and nutritional supplements.
  • Recognizes and adopts activities appropriate to the specific needs of the patient population
    and demonstrates knowledge of specific issues directly related to age of the patient
    population.
  • Monitors patient satisfaction through Patient Satisfaction scores and is proactive in improving scores and addressing problems that relate to patient satisfaction.

Other Job Functions

  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized, and functions under stressful situations.
  • Documents all patient information appropriately and accurately.
  • Establishes a daily routine for patient visitation and follow-up to determine appropriate
    nutrition intervention.
  • Participates in patient care team meetings as scheduled on assigned patient units.
  • Participates on interdisciplinary team and on hospital, department, and division committees
    and projects.
  • Completes tray assessment as assigned.
  • Initiates and participates in problem solving and group decision making projects.
  • Is a team player.
  • Maintains a high level of personal flexibility to function at the optimal level of efficiency.
  • Volunteers to provide staffing for increased workload, adverse weather, and other employee
    vacancies or absences.


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