DIETETIC TECHNICIAN,Registered Dietetic Tech credential required

DEPARTMENT:Division of Nutrition Therapy SUPERVISIOR'S TITLE: Clinical Nutrition Manager, Nutrition Therapy TITLE'S SUPERVISED: 0


PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide technical support for the registered dietitians who provide Medical Nutrition Therapy and to provide nutritional intervention for assigned patients.

·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.
·Interprofessional Practice:
Demonstrates consistent integration of the Interprofessional Practice Model (IPM) in all aspects of practice.
·Patient Care - Age Specific and Culturally Diverse
Consistently integrates age specific and culturally diverse concepts into patient care, taking into consideration both the patient's chronological age and developmental functioning.
·Patient Care Evaluation
Responds to notification of admitted patients who have failed the admission nutrition screen. Performs an in-depth nutrition evaluation which includes gathering information on patients for assigned area(s): reviews medical record to collect pertinent data including medical and social history; collects laboratory values and medications as appropriate; obtains anthropometric measurements as needed; collects past growth information and completes growth charts as requested; interviews parent and patient to obtain pertinent nutrition information. Evaluates and re-evaluates patients for nutritional risk status in assigned patient care area(s).
·Fiscal and Departmental Responsibility
Enters charges into computerized system and completes productivity records on a daily basis.
·Patient Care
Monitors moderate nutrition risk patients and notifies registered dietitian of a change to high nutritional risk. Documents interactions with patients and families which affect care. Assists registered dietitian in implementing nutritional care plans for patients at moderate and high nutritional risk. Refers patients requiring additional nutritional intervention to the registered dietitian; verifies implementation of current diet orders; monitors patient acceptance and tolerance of prescribed diet; implements and individualizes modified menus with patient per diet order while encouraging selection of foods to meet patient needs; confirms and clarifies documented food allergies with parents and clinical staff and serves as a primary resource for assisting families with allergy specific menus per division policy; confirms physician order for nutrient intake analysis and collects, calculates, and documents intake results for patients on oral, enteral, and parenteral feedings; performs computerized nutrient analysis of products, and intake; provides nutrition information to patients/parents; communicates information to the health care team; contributes information for patient files in division; facilitates requests for special food items; completes WIC forms and prescription.
·Professional Responsibility
Monitors duration of NPO and Clear Liquid diet orders and intervenes according to policy. Collaborates with Formula Room Technician regarding tube-feeding products on assigned areas. Provides formula recipes for Formula Room Technician using standardized charts. Calculates amount of tube feeding product to be delivered on a daily basis for patients with tube feeding orders as needed. Monitors usage of products on assigned patients.
: Cooperates with diet technicians and dietitians to complete daily patient care responsibilities. Partners with coworkers to provide valuable input on projects and takes ownership of project(s) as assigned. Provides technical support in specialty ambulatory clinics.
·Learning and Development
Attends educational sessions pertinent to nutrition and maintains continuing education records. Attends trainings and educational sessions as required by the medical center.

Skills & Competencies
·Diversity Appreciation
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
·Professional Knowledge/Ability
Professional knowledge and ability sufficient to effectively carry out the responsibilities of the position
·Professional Demeanor
Demonstrates an independent work initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy, tact and professional demeanor
·Communication - Advanced
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

·Associate of Dietetics
·Successful completion of the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians
·Dietetic Tech, Registered

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