DEPARTMENT: Nutrition Therapy
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Nutrition Therapy Manager, Nutrition Therapy Director
COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Dietetic Technician, Registered Dietitian, Food Services Personnel, Nursing Personnel, HUC, PCA, Physicians, Information Systems Personnel, and Storeroom Staff.
TITLES SUPERVISED: N/A
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To prepare and deliver all ready to feed and specially prepared formulas at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
·Compliance - Patient Services Staff
Sustain a working understanding of regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Support leadership in Compliance efforts to meet and sustain the regulatory compliance efforts of the department and hospital. Be mindful and judicious in monitoring safety and departmental policies and procedures. Ensure all individual certifications and Safety College requirements are fulfilled in a timely basis. Work with department managers, nurse council and magnet representatives to identify and share safety best practices. Be mindful of CCHMCs processes and compliance with CMS standards and freely communicate safety and compliance concerns to leadership team members.
Verifies new or questionable formula orders with a registered dietitian for accuracy and obtains standardized recipes as needed. Prepares formula accurately according to established written formulations, following pre-established Formula preparation procedures and adhering to quality control standards. Uses correct technique to measure solids and liquids. Stores prepared formula properly until delivery to the patient areas. Delivers prepared formulas to patient area refrigerators. Maintains daily records of patient profiles or updates computerized patient profile regarding infant formula orders including allergy information. Utilizes COE and E-Kids computer systems to update patient formula orders, prepares labels and production lists, and communicate with allied health care personnel regarding formula orders. Completes daily batch records for prepared formulas. Maintains a daily log of refrigeration and heating equipment temperatures in the formula room. Removes unused, previously prepared formula from patient area refrigerators 24 hours after preparation time and discards according to an established protocol.
·Inventory and Supplies
Inventories and maintains sufficient formula room stock. Completes daily tally or census sheets indicating formulas prepared. Inventories all formula, sterile water, glassware, bottles and other supplies, as needed to maintain adequate supply levels. Orders products and supplies and notifies supervisor of any shortages. Orders infant formulas and enteral feeding products from and approved and reliable vendor. Checks expiration dates on products. Reports to supervisor when short-dated products received from vendor. Follows procedures for formula recalls at the direction of supervisor.
·Sanitation in preparation area
Cleans and sanitizes all work surfaces in the formula preparation room before and after each formula preparation. Cleans utensils/equipment/storage areas used in the infant formula preparation room according to established procedures. Follows aseptic technique. Follows department and infection control policies regarding formula handling. When appropriate, prepares samples for bacteria check according to established protocol. Maintains daily appearance according to departmental guidelines. Reports to appropriate supervisor if ill.
Double checks standardized recipes and obtains verification of those formulations with the registered dietitian responsible for the nutritional care of that patient. Checks equipment for proper operation and reports problems to the appropriate supervisor. Communicates with patient care unites regarding problems with formula orders, formula storage or administration. Prepares and maintains patient care unit batch or log sheets of prepared and dispensed formulas. Assists with monthly quality assurance report and production summaries as assigned.
Assists in training other employees in formula preparation and proper handling techniques as needed.
Skills & Competencies
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Meticulously keeping track of details without becoming overwhelmed by them; being exacting, precise, and accurate; spotting minor imperfections or errors and taking action to correct them
Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
·Math Skills - Advanced
Mathematical ability sufficient to perform complex calculations
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
·High School Graduate OR Equivalent
·2 years of experience performing Nutrition Care Assistant or related functions Preferred: