Clinical Dietitian

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Dietitian

The Position
Incumbent works under the direction of the Director of Dietary Services or designee, providing nutritional care for patients and residents of Douglas County Health Center (DCHC), Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) and the Youth Center (DCYC).

Essential Functions
Develop, complete and implement Minimum Data Sets (MDS), Care Area Assessment (CAA), and care plans for long-term care residents adhering to policies and procedures of Dietary Services and DCHC.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, supervisors, County employees, elected officials, law enforcement, other agencies, and the public.

Determine nutrient and dietary needs and write diet orders with physician’s approval.

Record nutritional information in patient’s medical chart.

Consult with members of the health care team regarding patient care.

Provide nutritional information of regular or modified diets to patients, residents and caretakers.

Analyze menus and calculate nutrient content to aid in recipe revision and menu planning.

Contact residents during meal service to observe acceptance and conformance to diet and to provide nutritional education to residents and staff.

Schedule training for departmental staff to ensure compliance with established rules and regulations.

Document patient nutritional needs in a timely and organized manner.

Maintain a current knowledge of trends and advances in nutrition services.

Attend educational workshops and seminars as assigned.

Develop and maintain departmental education materials to maintain and improve skills of dietary staff.

Conduct dietary in-service training as assigned.

Participate in departmental quality assessment activities as assigned.

Serve as a member of the Interdisciplinary Care Plan team.

Serve on committees as assigned.

Report to work at assigned location with regular, predictable, and consistent attendance.

Perform other duties as directed and assigned.

Education and Work Experience and Other Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in Food and Nutrition or Dietetics required.

One (1) year of clinical dietetic/nutritional experience required.*

Licensed with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) required.

Must obtain a Medical Nutrition Therapist License from the State of Nebraska within one (1) year of hire and maintain throughout employment required.

Experience with MDS, CAA, and long-term care plans preferred.

Completion of a pre-employment criminal records check and post-offer drug screen and medical review.

*Equivalent education beyond a Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for the work experience requirement on a year-for-year  basis.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed indoors in an office setting within a long term care facility. Noise level is usually moderate.  Work is generally performed during standard day-shift hours; however hours will occasionally include varied days, hours and overtime as needed.  Work may be stressful when dealing with multiple priorities and time constraints. Incumbents may encounter uncooperative or irate persons while performing duties.

Work requires physical activity including extended periods of walking and standing with occasional climbing, reaching, carrying, balancing, kneeling, crouching and bending.  An incumbent must have the ability to frequently lift and/or carry equipment, files, and other materials weighing up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.

Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing and touch.  Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close, distance and color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk and hear within normal ranges. Incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computers and other equipment.

Douglas County is an EOE – M/F/Vets/Disabled

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