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Under the direction of the Division Chief for Bariatric Surgery, provides quality nutrition care and education to patients and family members. Assesses the nutritional status of patients and recommends the appropriate nutrition therapy as it pertains to the patients’ nutritional needs. Provides nutrition counseling to patients and family members, as indicated. The Dietitian is responsible for activities that support patient focused care within their assigned patient units. Adheres to department and hospital philosophies, standards, objectives and policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Evaluates the nutritional status of patients by reviewing pertinent information obtained from the electronic medical record and the interdisciplinary health care team. Applies knowledge of nutrition screening and assessment to specific patient populations to determine their nutritional needs.
- Documents pertinent findings in the medical record as per policy.
- Provides quality nutrition counseling to patients and family members as indicated.
- Evaluates nutrition care plans for effectiveness and recommends changes as needed. Uses professional judgment to adapt and apply guidelines, protocols and professional standards of care to the new and changing needs of the patient.
- Evaluates and assesses the need for enteral and parenteral nutrition support, and provides recommendations as indicated.
- Participates in interdisciplinary rounds as needed. Communicates effectively with members of the health team.
- Assist with discharge planning as needed.
- Precepts dietetic interns and instructs them on the competencies required to complete their assigned rotation. Provides feedback for incorporation into student evaluations.
- Participates in community focused education programs.
- In conjunction with the division of bariatric surgery physicians and physician extenders, works with patients on all aspects of the pre and post-operative nutrition plans and clinical management for bariatric surgery.
- Collaborates with the clinical and quality teams on all other aspects of the American College of Surgeons requirements for the MBSAQIP level I bariatric surgery accreditation.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum of 0- 2 years’ experience, including dietetic internship.
Registered Dietitian (RD) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or RD eligible with successful completion of the RD exam within three months of the date of hire
Bilingual Spanish preferred
Excellent organizational, problem solving and analytical skills
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to effectively multitask