FULL TIME BENEFITED
The Registered Dietitian (RD) demonstrates excellent customer service performance in that his/her attitude and actions are at all times consistent with the standards contained in the Vision, Mission and Values of Covenant HealthCare and the commitment to Extraordinary Care for Every Generation.
The Registered Dietitian responsible for the leadership and coordination of diet technicians, work processes, output and outcomes in support of providing quality nutrition care in assigned areas. This person will develop individualized age appropriate care plans utilizing standards deemed appropriate for the age. Care of the patient will be in collaboration with other team members as well as patient/family in the decision making process. The RD is responsible for implementation, monitoring, and control of the plan of treatment, the care to improve or maintain nutritional status, education on dietary restrictions and life style changes. The RD will consider cultural, religious practices, emotional barriers, desires, motivation to learn, physical and cognitive limitations and language barriers. The RD is a resource to other health professionals and works as a part of the interdisciplinary team regarding nutrition intervention for patients across the continuum of care.
Provides direct patient care including:
Nutrition assessments, nutrition screens, nutrition education, Nutrition Care Level III, calorie count, enteral and parenteral assessments with recommendations
Adjustment of diets, increasing more restrictions for already imposed conditions within guidelines of physician diet order
Documentation of patient care in the medical record
Monitors follow-up care in a consistent, high quality, and timely manner
Assist in the decrease in length of stay by aggressive nutrition intervention and timely diet education.
Active participant of healthcare teams including patient care conferences and P & T committee
Approves patient menus and supplements. Patient, family, and caretaker dietary counseling.
Responsible for development and ongoing updates of educational material.
Provides nutrition education to patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis
Develops and coordinates outside speaking engagements for the community
Preceptor for the CMUDI Dietetic Interns for approximately 50 weeks per year
Develop and provide education to nursing staff, speech therapist, Family Practice Residency Inservices, Developmental Clinic for Peds, and Ages Clinic
Actively uses CBORD Nutrition Services Suites software for monitoring patient care, and a few RD will be asked to be a super user to uphold the quality and changes in CBORD and EPIC
Aid in the responsibility for meeting revenue and expenses through outpatient counseling, nutrition education classes, and by being proactive in the development of additional Medical Nutrition Therapy services.
Actively involved in the Quality Improvement Program by developing new standards and performing quality improvement studies and membership on Performance Improvement Teams
Assists in Care Plan development to ensure appropriate and quality nutrition care is received consistently, including collaboration with other hospital services (med staff, nursing, pharmacy, social work, etc).
Engages in the Customer Service Team and assists in implementing customer service improvements
Contributes to the passing of inspections in the department by meeting standards for regulatory agencies (HFAP or HCFA)
Seeks out opportunities to constantly improve, upgrade, and simplify the care and services provided to customers
Responsible for a clinical audit for RD and Diet Technicians bi-yearly
Provides direction and leadership for Diet Technicians, Hospitality Ambassadors, and Food Service Workers
Assumes leadership role and responsibility in absence of the Clinical Nutrition Manager
Assumes responsibility to expand knowledge of dietetics and enhances current competencies through continuing education, graduate classes, going to seminars, and attending intern literature searches and case studies
Provides leadership to other health professionals and is ultimately responsible for the nutritional management of all patients in Covenant in collaboration with physicians
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or Dietetics, and completion of Dietetic Internship
Registration eligible followed by successful completion of Registration with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Must have average to high competency of computer knowledge and ability to learn new software.
Preferable knowledge of EPIC and CBORD Medical Terminology Diet Information.
Anatomy & Physiology.
Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
Strong Customer Service skills.
Strong Communication skills.
Ability to work either independently or in a group.
Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines
Ability to handle stressful situations
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Ability to maintain punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
Constant lifting up to 10 lbs.
Constant carrying and visual accommodation.
Frequent lifting up to 25 lbs.
Frequent standing, walking, sitting, lifting, reaching, handling, feeling, talking, hearing, tasting, smelling, near vision, midrange vision, far vision and color vision.
Occasional lifting up to 100 lbs.
Occasional pushing, pulling, crouching, twisting, depth perception and field of vision.
NOTICE REGARDING LATEX SENSITIVITY IN APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT.
It has been determined that Covenant HealthCare cannot provide a latex safe or latex free work environment at any of its facilities. Unfortunately, that means that any individual, including an applicant or an employee, is likely to be exposed to latex while on Covenant's premises. Therefore, latex tolerance is considered to be an essential function for any position with Covenant.
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