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Provides quality nutrition care and education to patients and family members. The Clinical Nutrition Coordinator coordinates departmental initiatives and education programs. Maintains level of clinical expertise for assigned area, and recommends the appropriate nutrition therapy as it pertains to the patients’ nutritional needs. Acts as a resource to all clinical staff and provides feedback for their professional development. Adheres to all applicable regulatory agency guidelines, and to department and hospital philosophies, standards, objectives and policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. 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
2. Documents pertinent findings in the medical record as per policy.
3. Provides quality nutrition counseling to specific patient populations and family members as indicated.
4. Coordinates projects within the department, including nutrition related in-services, interdepartmental nutrition education programs, and lectures.
5. Designs, develops and regularly updates nutrition education materials to meet the specialized needs of specific patient populations.
6. Participates in quality assurance monitoring and reporting for departmental performance improvement meetings.
7. Precepts dietetic interns, develops learning modules, instructs them on the competencies required to complete their assigned rotation, and completes student evaluations.
8. 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.
9. May participates in practice-specific research to enhance program
10. Participates in interdisciplinary rounds as needed. Communicates effectively with members of the healthcare team. Acts as a resource to all hospital staff and provides direction regarding nutrition needs for the specific patient populations
11. Assists with discharge planning and home care as needed.
12. Participates in community focused education programs and external speaking events to promote service and education
13. Presents department journal clubs.
14. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required, with concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics or related field from an accredited university. Master’s degree preferred but not required.
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) from the NYS Department of Education Office of the Professions required.
Registered Dietitian (RD) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Advanced credential such as the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), or Pediatric, Renal, Oncology specialist preferred, but not required.
3-5 years’ experience clinical experience preferred. Maintain RD status through employment.
Licensing and Certification Requirements (if applicable)Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) from the NYS Department of Education Office of the Professions required.