Dietetic Technician

Website Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Just like the children we serve, Children’s is growing quickly and hiring a Dietetic Technician who serves as a formal member of the clinical nutrition care team, carries out all formula lab responsibilities and completes inpatient driven tasks per the direction of a dietitian.  Additionally, diet techs provide support to the patient food service staff by answering questions, troubleshooting, facilitating special food requests for inpatients, printing reports, printing menus, inputting patient meal/snack selections into the system and helping check meal trays for accuracy during peak meal times.  Diet techs may provide basic education and formula discharge instructions to patients/caregivers per the dietitian’s direction.   Diet techs are responsible for all formula lab functions.


Essential Functions/Competencies

% of Time

Accountable for demonstrating and being a role model of the core values; Safety, Positive Attitudes, Service Excellence, Integrity, Accountability and Respect.
Completes formula orders based on inventory needs.  Completes inventory in the formula lab and formula storage locations on a set/routine schedule no less than twice per month.  Receives and stores formula appropriately using FIFO in the formula lab and formula storage locations.  Completes monthly inventory on formula samples in all sample locations then places sample order requests to formula representatives to ensure appropriate sample stock is available.  Stocks inpatient units with necessary ready-to-feed formula products and formula supplies specific to the unit needs.
Appropriately completes admission screening within 24 hours of inpatient admission per department policy and procedure.  Re-screening will be completed on patients with minimal to no nutrition risk on a standardized scheduled per policy and procedure. (Policy 13630.048.2)
Collects calorie count data from patient bedside when indicated and correctly inputs patient food intake into the food service software and then inputs the results of the data into the patient’s EMR every 24 hours when a calorie count order is active.  Calculate food records for outpatients as instructed by the dietitians.
Prepares formulas using aseptic technique (outlined in policy) and per the correctly calculated formula recipe.  Delivers prepared formula to patient refrigerators/nourishment center refrigerators per policy and established standardized processes.  Dietitians will oversee all recipe calculations.
Provides support to the patient food service staff as needed.  Prints patient food service reports, assists in troubleshooting, facilitates special food requests for patients, inputs patient meal/snack requests into the food system software, inputs patient allergies and diet orders into the food service software, assists in obtaining patient meal/snack requests, checks meal trays during peak meal times as needed and gives educational in-services to staff.
Interviews and educates patient/caregivers for food preferences/allergies/drug-nutrient interactions.  Provides basic diet education deemed appropriate by the dietitian.  Completes discharge formula instructions with patients/caregivers and documents this into the EMR as a chart note and also as education in the Education Record.
Provides guidance to the room service staff to help direct and troubleshoot patient-related questions; assists in entering patient diet orders, carbohydrate meal patterns, allergies, food dislikes, snacks, meal/snack times and meal/snack selections into Computrition as necessary.
Schedules outpatient referrals with room reservations as directed by the outpatient dietitian.  Puts together educational folders for dietitians as instructed.  Attends at least 85% of scheduled staff meetings.  Completes formula lab education.

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 HACCP Principles
Knowledge of medical terminology
Knowledge of basic nutrition and diet therapy principles
Knowledge of aseptic technique
Skill in using a computer (e.g., MS Outlook, Excel, and Word, etc.)
Skill in basic math calculations
Skill in critical thinking and problem solving
Skill in interviewing patients/caregivers to determine needs/preferences
Ability to interact with families, visitors, and vendors
Ability to prepare complex formulas using recipes
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Ability to interact with professional staff
Ability to interact with pantry and cafeteria personnel
Ability to multitask effectively

Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in dietetic technician studies, culinary arts, or related field required, related work experience may substitute for education if competency is demonstrated
Experience working as a dietetic, in nutrition or food service preferred
Experience working a healthcare environment preferred

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