Northeast Georgia Health System is rooted in a foundation of improving the health of our communities.
About the Role:
Provides clinical nutrition services, including nutritional assessment, diet counseling, modified diet formulation, and nutrition intervention for patients. Ensures patient satisfaction, quality care, regulatory compliance and good public relations are achieved in accordance with the population specific guidelines and adheres to National Patient Safety Goals when performing clinical duties.
Minimum Job Qualifications
Licensure or other certifications: Registered by Commission for Dietetic Registration. Licensed by the state of Georgia.
Educational Requirements: Bachelors Degree
Preferred Job Qualifications
Preferred Licensure or other certifications:
Preferred Educational Requirements:
Job Specific and Unique Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Language skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of medical staff, healthcare professionals, managers, clients, customers, and the general public
Computer skills: Ability to operate a standard computer, including basic use of MS applications such as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Mathematical skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, volume and apply basic algebra
Reasoning ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
Essential Tasks and Responsibilities
Formulates and executes appropriate nutritional care of assigned patients/residents. Assesses the nutritional status of the pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric patient, as well as neonates and infants as applicable, through documentation in the medical record per hospital policies and state regulations. Develops and revises a nutritional care plan based upon information from the patient, medical record, family, and health care team members for those patients who will benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy. Makes recommendations for patient care using current evidence based practice. Plans regular and modified menus based upon guidelines as outlined in the current diet manual and communicates this information with the patient and/or family members and health care team. Educates patient and/or family members with appropriate nutritional education to expand their knowledge of the patient's illness, promote recovery, and improve function. Neonatal dietitian to assess and provide nutrition care for NICU patients, including but not limited to the ordering and managing of parenteral nutrition.
Participates in assigned programs to promote proper nutrition while maintaining commitment to education and personal growth. Provides in-service education programs to hospital staff, LTC staff, and food service staff as appropriate. Participates in support groups, committees, teams, etc. as indicated by areas of responsibility. Participates in and attends departmental meetings, staff development, and professional programs as appropriate. Seeks educational opportunities to increase clinical competency, including age-specific nutritional care, sufficient to meet requirements for licensure/registration.
Maintains effective written and verbal communication. Communicates well with medical, nursing, and other health care team members through charting and individual consultation. This includes telephone, written, and electronic communication. Communicates effectively with other Nutrition Services Staff members to help coordinate clinical and Food Service for effective patient/resident care. Completes all required documentation, reports and logs in a timely, professional and thorough manner.
Performs Resource/Educator duties. May serve as a resource person for Food Service Supervisor, Catering Associate, and Nutrition Services staff as applicable.May orient, mentor, and train staff and interns as applicable. May visit patients on an assigned nursing unit or area as applicable, and helps to ensure that every patient is visited by a member of the management or professional team at least once during their hospital stay.
Performs job correctly and safely while observing the rules of conduct. Adheres to facility confidentiality, HIPAA regulations, and patient rights policies. Complies with regulatory agency standards, including federal, state and The Joint Commission as evidenced by successful completion of surveys with no deficiencies. Follows facility and department infection control policies and procedures and follows facility's protocols for Hazardous Materials and Waste Program. Participates in facility-wide and department Performance Improvement Program and on Performance Improvement teams to improve processes and patient care. Bariatrics: Formulates and executes appropriate nutritional counseling for pre-op and post-op bariatric patients.
Other duties as assigned.
Weight Lifted: Up to 20 lbs, Occasionally 0-30% of time
Weight Carried: Up to 20 lbs, Frequently 31-65% of time
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Northeast Georgia Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.
Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. Through the services of a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, the residents of northeast Georgia enjoy access to the state's finest and most comprehensive medical services. It is our mission to improve the health of our community in all we do.