The selected candidate will be responsible for providing Medical Nutrition Therapy and/or Diabetes Education. Job functions will be modified and improved as necessary to promote a team effort.
SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list may not include all of the duties assigned.)
1. Assesses patient nutritional status, diet history, food habits, medical diagnosis/history and cultural beliefs. Assesses barriers including emotional, motivational, physical, cognitive or communication barriers.
2. Develops a plan of treatment and provides appropriate Medical Nutrition Therapy and/or Diabetes Education.
3. Confers with physician, as appropriate.
4. Coordinates follow-up via phone and/or office visits as well as coordinates services with the referring provider.
5. Follows guidelines of the American Dietetics Association and other guidelines as agreed upon within the department.
6. May conduct Diabetes Self-Management Education following the DSMT guidelines of the American Diabetes Association.
7. Provides dietary assessment/plan summary for medical record.
8. May facilitate a variety of health education group programs relating to nutrition as needed for patients and the community. Responsible for documentation related to programs.
9. May develop curriculum and patient education materials.
10. Maintains strict confidentiality per Sansum Clinic policy.
11. Participates in departmental staff meeting and collaborates with Diabetes Education team.
12. Provides the highest level of customer service in all interactions with patients, staff and providers.
13. Participates in department quality improvement, clinic safety, infection control and hazardous materials programs and activities.
36 Hours Per Week
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and abilities of personnel placed in similar or the same positions.
> Knowledge of nutritional/dietetic principles and applications.
> Knowledge of concepts and methods of patient/staff education including teaching and educational aids.
> Knowledge of how to design special diets specific to health conditions.
> Skilled in methods of counseling toward health behavior change.
> Able to facilitate groups and provide leadership.
> Skill in understanding of nutritional impact of health status by developing appropriate diets for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, geriatric-related conditions, etc.
> Ability to serve as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
> BS in nutrition, food service, community health or health field.
> Two (2) years experience as a Registered Dietitian in a healthcare setting.
> Currently registered with the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
> Prefer Certified Diabetes Educator with the American Diabetes Association.
> Prefer bilingual English/Spanish speaker.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is that of a clinic or hospital. The job requires extended periods of standing up to two (2) hours during educational sessions, some bending, stooping, walking and lifting up to twenty-five (25) lbs. Potential exposure to body fluids, chemicals and contagious disease. Personal protective equipment may be required. Occasional stress, particularly when working with non-compliant patients and working under multiple demands.
Employee must pass the Sansum Clinic pre-placement physical screening exam.