||We have an immediate opportunity for Dietitians
General Summary: The Dietitian provides assessment, nutrition care plan development and implementation, and patient education. Maintains effective communication with medical, nursing, and departmental management concerning nutritional care of patients. The Dietitian is actively involved in department activities, transdisciplinary team activities, and LifeCare activities to ensure individualized, patient-centered health care for all patient populations admitted to LifeCare Hospital.
Patient Population: Has contact with patients in a clinical setting; understands and demonstrates appropriate behavior when interacting with patients in the adult (18-65 years of age) and geriatric (65 and older) populations.
Assesses nutritional status, therapeutic diet(s), enteral or parenteral nutrition, and patient condition; identifies actual and potential problems and communicates changes in patient status, needs or condition to the transdisciplinary team when applicable. Documents the assessment. Develops and implements the nutritional plan of care for patients in response to identified needs with input from the patient and family. Works in collaboration with the transdisciplinary team, patient and family. Documents the plan and revisions. Re-assesses patients at least bi-weekly and as needed and evaluates the patient’s response to nutrition care provided by clinical nutrition and other members of the transdisciplinary team. The outcome of care provided and progress toward the goals are documented. Communicates changing patient needs to physician. Re-assesses patients at least bi-weekly and as needed and evaluates the patient’s response to nutrition care provided by clinical nutrition and other members of the transdisciplinary team. The outcome of care provided and progress toward the goals are documented. Communicates changing patient needs to physician. Provides nutritional counseling for patients and families advising patients and families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modification, food selection and preparation. Provides education / training on nutrition and dietetics to other members of the transdisciplinary team, physicians, and students (if applicable). Participates in committees related to quality and/or process improvement at the departmental and facility level. Plans/organizes work for assigned shift to properly utilize time, resources and supplies to ensure work assignments are completed timely. The knowledge and skills necessary to perform position requirements are demonstrated through the successful completion of competencies established for the position, to include population served, and other special needs of patients and customers, served by the department. Adheres to LifeCare policies, procedures, all safety plans, and all standards imposed by regulatory organizations. Regular attendance and timeliness is required.This description is a general statement of required essential functions performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.
Supervision: Not applicable.
Experience: Two (2) years experience as a clinical dietitian. Prior experience in a hospital environment is preferred.
Education: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Current license as a Registered Dietitian in the state where currently practicing. Current registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Current member of the American Dietetic Association preferred. BLS certification is required. All Dietitians must maintain current licensure and/or registration and BLS certification while employed with LifeCare Hospitals.