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Community Hospital Clinical Dietitian, Grand Valley Oncology, Full-Time in Grand Junction, Colorado

SUMMARY OF JOB:

The Clinical Dietitian works as part of an interdisciplinary health care team to provide patient care that is integrated and compatible with patient-centered medical goals and objectives. Position responsibilities include nutrition assessment and development/implementation of individualized nutrition care plans for patients at nutritional risk. The Clinical Dietitian will also evaluate the outcomes of the nutrition care plan. This position may also provide nutritional support to patients in specialized populations, as well as provide medical nutrition therapy education.

The primary responsibility is the outpatient oncology setting, with some opportunity for inpatient care as well, serving as a resource to medical staff and allied health personnel on nutrition topics.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

(The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Community Hospital reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

The Clinical Dietitian will provide patient care by:

  • Conducting a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk. Obtaining timely and appropriate data and analyzing/interpreting data based on evidence-based standards, including safety related items such as assessment of need for texture modifications and patient?s ability to feed themselves.

  • Formulating nutrition diagnosis after identifying the problem and clarifying the cause of the problem.

  • Developing and implementing an individualized nutrition care plan and intervention in accordance with the patient?s medical program goals and objectives, nutrition prescription, and self-management training. May require development of a therapeutic plan for specialized nutrition support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition.

  • Utilizing assessment and evaluation/re-evaluation techniques that consider the varied needs of age-specific populations as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns.

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the nutrition care plan and measuring progress towards outcomes of medical nutrition therapy interventions, reassessing the nutrition care process and implementing changes as indicated.

  • Communicating with the medical team through interdisciplinary meetings, rounds, and medical conferences.

  • Documenting the nutrition care plan in the electronic medical record, including nutrition assessment, any relevant food safety issues, diagnosis, plan, implementation, and progress toward goals.

  • Working cooperatively with food service department to assure conformance to diet prescriptions.

Provides nutrition education to patients, medical staff and allied health personnel by:

  • Assessing educational needs and providing nutrition counseling for individuals and groups.

  • Evaluating achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family and providing appropriate follow-up in accordance with the patient?s treatment goals, referring patients for community or home health services as appropriate.

  • Assisting in developing and revising patient education materials, clinical forms, and protocols.

  • Serving as a resource to medical staff and allied health personnel on nutrition topics.

  • Assisting in the education of dietetic students and interns, planning learning experiences, teaching, and evaluating performance.

  • Participating in community projects and education as needed/assigned.

  • Conducting in-services and educational presentations to hospital/department staff.

Manages resources in a cost-effective manner.

  • Is fiscally responsible and willing to low census when appropriate.

Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Licenses Required

  • Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Should Colorado ever require Registered Dietitians to also be licensed in the state of Colorado, a Colorado license will be required upon hire

Required upon hire:

  • Two years of inpatient and/or outpatient clinical/practical experience

  • Training in the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE)

Required upon hire, or within 18 months after hire, at the discretion of the Director of Grand Valley Oncology and the Director of Nutrition Education:

  • Certification in one or more of the following areas: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO), Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC).

OR

Equivalent combination of education and experience.

OTHER CERTIFICATES/LICENSES:

Current Basic Certified Life Support (BCLS)

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