Dietitian PRN

Description

The Dietitian oversees patient diets in accordance with physician orders and ensures nutritional adequacy of patient menus.
Conducts Nutritional assessments and monitoring per DNV guidelines.

  • Conducts nutrition education and in-service education to meet the needs of patients and staff.
  • Assesses patient’s nutritional status and establishes goals for each patient within 72 hours of admission.
  • Provides appropriate educational in-service to dietary and nursing departments.
  • Communicates with all appropriate disciplines information regarding patient care regularly.
  • Participates in patient team conferences.
  • Participates on appropriate committees as appointed.
  • Evaluates and approves patient menus and approves modified diets.
  • Instruct patients and their families on the nutritional needs for home and appropriate ways to achieve these as ordered by the physician.
  • Educates patient/family on food/drug interactions and documents appropriate notation of such in the patient medical record.
  • Documents all pertinent information regarding patient’s nutritional care in the patient’s medical record in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Assists in planning and conducting appropriate performance improvement.
  • Develops and maintains department policies and procedures.
  • Operates within set departmental budget and implements cost-saving procedures.
  • Correlates dietary needs with laboratory findings consistently.
  • Collaborates with physicians regarding nutritional needs and suggestions.
  • Closely monitors patient weight to ensure goals of gain or loss are achieved.
  • Recommends and/or assists with specific nutritional patient measurements in order to evaluate more specific goals, i.e., calorie counts, pre-albumin/albumin monitoring, etc.
  • Allots extra time and problem-solving to children who fail to thrive, are picky eaters, have digestive problems, etc., to improve nutritional status.
  • Ensures flexibility and creativity in methods developed to assist children in eating.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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Job Requirements

Experience

  • One (1) year of clinical experience, pediatrics preferred

Education Required

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics or related degree
  • Master’s degree preferred

Additional Information

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:

  • Licensed Dietitian in the state of Texas
  • Registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration