Renal Dietitian

Website Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc.

GENERAL SUMMARY:
The Renal Dietitian  is trained to assess nutritional needs, make therapeutic dietary recommendations, instruct patients and families with end stage renal disease, and monitor adherence and response to diets. Must make regular visits with patients and is expected to develop warm and friendly relationships with the patients. The Renal Dietitian  is responsible to the Renal Dietitian Coordinator but works cooperatively with other interdisciplinary team members. The Renal Dietitian must possess the physical capabilities to successfully perform the job as stated. Adherence to all DCL policies and procedures is required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in foods and nutrition or dietetics, or related field is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  2. Registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  3. Licensed by the State of Nebraska as a Medical Nutrition Therapist
  4. One-year of clinical experience is required; renal experience is preferred.
  5. Member of NKF CRN or AND RPG encouraged.
  6. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encouraged.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Patient Care

  1. Maintains current nutritional care plan on all patients, based upon the nature of the patient’s illness, the treatment prescribed, and an assessment of the patients needs.
  2. The plan is personalized for the individual to achieve short-term and long-term goals.
  3. The patient, parent, or guardian is involved in the development of the care plan.
  4. The responsible physician, nurse, social worker, and dietitian will develop the plan jointly.
  5. Charting nutritional progress will be included in the medical record of each patient on dialysis at least monthly.

Multidisciplinary Team Participation

  1. Coordinates with the medical and other professional staff to accomplish diet instruction, consultation, and therapeutic interventions.
  2. Attends all interdisciplinary team meetings involving assigned patients or delegate attendance.
  3. Maintains contact with hospitals and nursing homes regarding continuity of nutritional care for renal patients.
  4. Develops and maintains friendly and effective working relationships with patients, health care team members and other employees.

Professional Growth

  1. Keeps informed of current research on nutritional principles of the renal patient. Maintain necessary professional contacts.
  2. Attends pertinent in-services or when requested to do so.
  3. Attends all staff meetings, nutrition department meetings, and CEO/Administrator meetings.
  4. Knows, interprets and adheres to policies and practices of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc.
  5. Knows and applies security and safety policies, procedures and practices of the DCL, Inc.
  6. Works cooperatively with all staff and keeps administrator informed of pertinent information and reportable situations.
  7. Performs other related work as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITES
Actions are important in maintaining high quality patient care. Good judgment is a very essential part of this position. The health of patients depends upon the judgment of the Renal Dietitian. Work is subject to checks and controls.

COMPLEXITY
Must be able to effectively utilize personnel and material resources that contribute to the accomplishment of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc. objectives. Must be able to apply the principles of leadership and management towards these goals. Responsible for the accuracy and propriety of the therapeutic diets provided.

PROFESSIONALISM
Each member of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc. is expected to follow dress code for the position held and act in a professional manner that will increase the individual employee’s creditability with the customers of the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc. Professional behavior is expected to be demonstrated through the words, actions and attitude towards fellow team members, patients and their families, physicians and all others with whom an employee comes in contact during the course of their duties.

DEPENDABILITY
Providing quality dialysis to our clients is dependent upon the conscientious, timely attendance of all staff according to their schedule, including taking call, if applicable. It is expected that there will be no more than six incidences of unexcused absence per year.

TEAM WORK
Teamwork is essential for a good work environment at the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc. All staff are expected to support each other. Conflicts arising between staff shall be resolved in a professional manner.

COMMUNICATION
Clear verbal and written skills are essential when dealing with dialysis patients, families, staff members, physicians, vendors, hospital personnel and other outside sources.

SAFETY
Possible contacts with infectious diseases require good safety and personal sanitation habits.  Due to some exposure to environmental hazards, caution must be exercised to prevent injury.

NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Performs other related work as assigned within physical and mental capabilities.
  2. Participates on committees, work improvement groups, and other groups as able.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Position requires the ability to be mobile within the Dialysis Center of Lincoln, Inc.
  2. Manual dexterity for utilizing computer based charting.

The listed job requirements and physical requirements are not intended to be all-inclusive but only a representative list.

To apply for this job email your details to lkoch@dialysiscenteroflincoln.org