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GENERAL SUMMARY: Under minimal supervision of Food and Nutrition Director and according to established guidelines, supervises the Dietitians who provide nutrition care to patients admitted to the Medical Center, including assessing nutritional needs, developing, documenting, and implementing nutrition care plans, providing nutritional counseling and education, and performing related duties to ensure timely and appropriate nutritional care of all assigned patients. Provides services to patients of all ages.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Nutrition Assessment
Identifies patients at nutritional risk by utilizing the Department's nutritional screening process. Integrates clinical, anthropometric, laboratory, psycho-social, and nutrition data into a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients receiving an oral diet, or enteral or parenteral nutrition. Provides individualized recommendations that consider the patientâ��s disease/illness/injury, age, laboratory data, ethical, religious, and cultural issues and overall plan of care. Responds to nutrition consults as requested. Manages schedule for Dietitians and assigns patients.
2. Implementation /Delivery of Nutritional Care:
Develops a nutrition care plan based on the nutrition assessment's objective and subjective data. Implements all aspects of the nutrition care plan. Provides individualized recommendations for enteral and parenteral nutrition support. Follows up on issues that inhibit optimal nutritional care. Evaluates and adjusts the plan as necessary, based on outcome of care and continuous monitoring of patient needs. Documents all nutrition care given in the medical record according to Department and Hospital standards. Documents information concerning the delivery of patientâ��s diet on the Diet Office Kardexes. Ensures the continuity of the patient's nutritional care by completing all necessary referral sheets when appropriate and refers patients to the Outpatient Nutrition Clinic when appropriate. Participates as assigned/appropriate on interdisciplinary Hospital committees, which include multi-disciplinary care and discharge rounds, and committees which address policy/procedure development and quality improvemen.
3. Nutrition Education
Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients and patientsâ�� primary caregivers. Assesses knowledge/ comprehension & expected compliance of nutrition education/counseling provided. Tailors nutrition education to the patientâ��s age and cultural and religious differences as they pertain to learning ability/literacy level. Develops and revises nutrition education and nutrition marketing material as needed or requested, taking into consideration the age and ethnic and religious background of the target patient population. Supports nursing in food-drug interaction education program. Provides lectures/inservices to ancillary services, nursing, physicians, and the community as requested. Provides departmental inservices as requested. Participates in community nutrition/health education events as requested. Provides direct guidance, feedback, and training in clinical specialty area to Framingham State dietetic students.
4. Quality Management and Performance Improvement Initiatives
Assists in the formulation, implementation, and revision of policies, procedures, enteral, formulary, diet manual, and standards of care for the clinical and patient service areas of the Department when necessary or requested. Identifies opportunities for improvement in the Department and Hospital and communicates them to the appropriate manager. Participates in the development and indicator monitoring for the Department's quality control plan and performance improvement plan. Participates in the Hospital's quality improvement projects as requested. Supports patient satisfaction programs which may include meal rounds and patient satisfaction surveys. Responds to patient complaints. Keeps clinicical activity statistics.
5. Adherence and Support of Department and Hospital Policy and Procedures
Interviews, hires, counsels, disciplines, and evaluates Dietitian staff. Complies with and supports all Hospital and Department policies and procedures. Preserves patient rights. Follows the professional guidelines of various governing bodies to ensure optimal, safe, and ethical delivery of nutritional care. Remains abreast of developments in the nutrition field through maintaining active registration in the American Dietetic Association, reading pertinent literature, and continuing education programs. Incorporates approved developments in the field of nutrition into patient services when practicable. Completes all Hospital and Department required inservices and orientations.
1. Primarily office and patient care environment. Frequent walking, standing, sitting, and stooping during normal course of duties.
2. May be exposed to communicable diseases due to patient contact.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the job.
Onboarding Process: Please be advised that candidates must successfully complete a background check and pre-employment health screening which includes a drug screen.
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:
1. Graduate of approved ADA college level training in Food and Nutrition or related field. Current active registration by the American Dietetic Association.
2. 3-5 years of experience as a Clinical Dietitian with progressive supervisory experience.
Job: Food Service/Preparation/Dietary
Primary Location: Natick, Massachusetts
Facility: MetroWest Leonard Morse Hospital
Job Type: Full-time
Shift Type: Days
Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicantâ��s or employeeâ��s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) is a diversified healthcare services company headquartered in Dallas with 112,000 employees. Through an expansive care network that includes United Surgical Partners International, we operate 65 hospitals and approximately 510 other healthcare facilities, including surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care and imaging centers and other care sites and clinics. We also operate Conifer Health Solutions, which provides revenue cycle management and value-based care services to hospitals, health systems, physician practices, employers and other clients. Across the Tenet enterprise, we are united by our mission to deliver quality, compassionate care in the communities we serve.