Clinical Dietitian

Website Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Job Description
Just like the children we serve, Children’s is growing quickly and hiring a Pediatric Clinical Dietician. The Pediatric Clinical Dietician provides nutrition counseling and education to patients and families. In addition, this role provides medical nutrition therapy for patients based on research-based guidelines throughout inpatient and outpatient settings. The Pediatric Clinical Dietician will appropriately assess nutritional status of pediatric patients to determine appropriate nutrition-focused interventions and provide ongoing re-assessment to monitor the effectiveness of outcomes. Other responsibilities include providing education and in-services. In addition, the Pediatric Clinical Dietician provides direction and guidance to patient food service staff regarding the nutritional adequacy of meals, formulas, and makes appropriate recommendations to physicians, other medical staff, patients and their caregivers. The Pediatric Clinical Dietician serves as a nutrition expert on interdisciplinary teams and in the community and also mentors the dietetic interns.

Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time

Serves as a role model of service excellence by mentoring clinical nutrition staff, patient food service staff, and peers in customer service and service recovery initiatives
Provider of comprehensive medical nutrition therapy for patients within assigned inpatient and/or outpatient location(s).
Conducts effective and appropriate nutrition assessment to determine nutritional status and implement appropriate interventions focused on improvement or resolution of clinical outcomes directly related to the determined etiology.
Provides ongoing nutrition reassessment to monitor for effectiveness of interventions and determine further modifications of treatment plans.
Develops and implements appropriate nutrition interventions per assessment/reassessment guidelines with determination of measureable outcomes to monitor progress  while utilizing approved nutrition practice guidelines as published in peer reviewed literature; i.e. ASPEN guidelines, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics guidelines and resources accessible online from the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual PNCM.
Provides education to patients, families, and caregivers with documentation in the EMR within the progress note and within the Education Tab in the EMR to indicated readiness to learn, potential learning barriers, level of understanding, and expected compliance.
Obtains, reviews and utilizes evidenced-based best practices to improve patient outcomes.
Presents present journal articles, case studies and new research to clinical dietitians.
Serves as a nutrition expert within the organization and for the community by providing education through presentations, participating in journal clubs, participating in speaking opportunities outside the organization, providing interviews and other opportunities as requested.
Maintains quantitative measures required by  Joint Commission, local, state, and federal regulatory agencies including chart reviews, licensure, registration, and attainment of required CEUs.
Reviews policies related to clinical nutrition intra- and interdepartmentally, including research-based nutrition therapy practice guidelines.

Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.

Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section
Performs other duties as assigned


Knowledge of the principles of human and pediatric nutrition
Knowledge of pediatric nutritional requirements specific to all populations served at Children’s and ability to access appropriate reference values
Knowledge of clinical medical nutrition therapy principles and practices
Knowledge of medical terminology
Ability to participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects within the organization
Ability to formulate nutrition interventions and demonstrate high level problem solving and clinical judgment involving medical nutrition therapy
Must be experienced in utilizing computer; to include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power point), internet, EMR and other facility required software applications
Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to utilize various software programs to retrieve nutritional information
Must possess excellent communication, organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills
Ability to conduct education and training sessions with clinical nutrition staff, medical staff, nursing and other staff within the organization
Requires knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts acquired by completing a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, nutrition, or a similar degree with completed dietetic internship and achievement of active credentialing through the Commission on Dietetic Registration required
Minimum of 2 years of experience in pediatric clinical nutrition preferred
Master’s Degree in nutrition preferred

Current and valid licensure by the state of Nebraska as a licensed medical nutrition therapist (LMNT) required
Credentialed as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) required
Certified as a Pediatric Nutrition Specialist (CSP) or related certification preferred
Professional membership through the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics preferred

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