Clinical Dietitian (PT)

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Date Posted: 07-25-2017
COMPANY PROFILE:
Howard University Hospital (HUH) is a private, non- profit institution recognized for its ground breaking research and teaching programs. HUH has a rich tradition of leadership and service dating back to 1862. Over the course of its 150 year history of providing the finest primary, secondary, and tertiary health care services, HUH has become one of the most comprehensive health care facilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and designated a DC Level 1 Trauma Center.
 
BENEFITS OFFERED:
Competitive pay, 403-B Savings (Howard contributes a sum equal to 6% of your pay from your date of hire.  Howard matches up to 2% of what you invest. Both Howard’s contributions and the contributions that you make to the plan are yours, and you are immediately vested 100%. Comprehensive medical and dental plans Prescription Drug Benefits. Discount on optical wear at the HUH Optical Shop, Pet Insurance, Wellness Rewards Program, Tuition remission for employees and dependents, Low-cost onsite parking, SmartTrip Commuter Transit and Parking Benefits, and more!

BASIC FUNCTION:
Provides clinical nutrition expertise in the areas of medical nutrition therapy and patient education.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
  • Supports the mission of the hospital in coordinating nutritional care of patients ensuring optimal care of hospitalized and ambulatory care patients throughout the life cycle.
  • Interact(s) with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other members of the healthcare team, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
  • Communicates orally and in writing, pertinent nutritional care information to the healthcare team.  Functions as a preceptor to students in the Coordinated Dietetics Program and educate other health care professionals in nutrition related topics.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Conducts nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk.  Accurately obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care to address nutritional risk, assess nutritional status and develops individual specialized care plans to simultaneously address several disease processes. Utilizes assessment and evaluation techniques that consider the varied need of age-specific populations as well as cultural, religious and ethnic concerns.
  • Continuously monitors progress of patients determined to be at nutritional risk. Reassess and revises patient care plans and nutrition therapies as necessary. 
  • Confers and collaborate with food services providers and nursing as appropriate to ensure accurate interpretation and administration of nutritional prescription. Utilizes the approved format to document pertinent nutrition related information and interventions in patients’ medical records.
  • Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individuals and groups, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, educational, and medical situation of the patient. 
  • Serves as a resource to medical staff and allied health personnel on nutrition issues.
  • Assists in the education of dietetic students and interns.  Plans learning experiences, teaches and evaluates performance.
  • Participates in community projects and education as needed/assigned.
  • Conducts in-services and educational presentations to hospital/department staff.
  • Maintains productivity standards and practices, effective time management, and prioritizing of tasks; assists in achieving compliance with regulatory agency standards, including state, federal, and JCAHO standards. 
  • Assists in developing and revising patient education materials, clinical forms and protocols
  • Participates in orientation and training of new dietitians.
  • Identifies and collect  performance data, monitors outcomes and initiates corrective actions.
  • Participates in planning and developing nutrition-related policies, procedures and goals.
  • Assists in achieving compliance with regulatory agency standards. Including state, federal and JCAHO.
  • Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.
  • Develops and implements an individualized plan for professional growth and development including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshops, seminars, and staff development programs.
  • Participates in departmental and interdisciplinary meetings, task forces and projects.
  • Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct. 
  • Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training. 
  • Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.  Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities. 
  • Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures. Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.
  • The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
CORE COMPETENCIES:
  • Ability to provide nutrition counseling to patients, family members and/or caregivers considering psycho-social issues and age appropriate guidelines, and to communicate effectively with other health care professionals.
  • Ability to plan and organize work consisting of multi-tasks and priorities under general supervision.
  • Basic knowledge of computer operations; software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.
  • Ability to synthesize nutritional assessment components to evaluate nutritional status and utilize principles of medical nutrition therapy using established practice standards and guidelines to deliver nutritional care.
  • Knowledge of basic food production and service which incorporates principles of sanitation, safety, and menu planning within a healthcare environment.
  • Knowledge of educational concepts, methods, training materials, and resources and the ability to implement existing education and training activities for Nutrition & Food Service employees. 
  • Ability to participate in research and performance improvement studies.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to, apply the basic principles of enteral and parenteral nutrition support.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy for patients with complex medical conditions in order to plan, develop, and coordinate medical nutrition therapy intervention, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities.
  • Knowledge of complex areas of clinical nutrition including management of critically ill and malnourished patients, and ability to apply medical nutrition therapy to patients with multiple co-morbidities.
  • Ability to act as a mentor/consultant for health care providers including registered dietitians, dietetic interns, nurses, physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition or related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing branch of the American Dietetic Association (ADA EDUCATION – (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED).
  • Licensure by the District of Columbia Department of consumer and Regulatory Affairs Board of dietetics and Nutrition.
  • Membership in American Dietetic Association or any professional dietetic associated organization which must be maintained throughout the course of employment.
  • At least one (1) year of recent experience as a practitioner in dietetics in a healthcare environment preferred.  Dietitians assigned to a specialty e.g. neonatal, renal, ICU etc., for all or part of the duties are required to have at least  one (1) year of practice in that specialty.
 
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift, balance, bend, reach, handle, write, file, speak, hear, see (depth perception, color vision), calculate, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
 

 
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