This position is responsible for providing patient support by evaluating patient needs and taking an active part in the implementation of therapies to counteract compromised nutritional status, compatible with the medical needs of the patient.
Assesses patients' nutritional status and screens for potential nutrition risk in a timely manner, noting diet history, anthropometries, and pertinent lab values based on BEE, oral, anabolic, enteral, parenteral and degree of metabolic stress.
Monitors the overall nutritional care of patients; analyzes daily nutrient intake; makes appropriate recommendations for nutritional intervention.
Educates patients on nutritional needs and/or diets; assesses patients’ competence in understanding prescribed diet principles.
Maintains up-to-date standards of practice in areas of specialties.
Conducts daily meal rounds of patients on assigned units.
Monitors tray service by department staff and conducts in-service training and other educational programs for these personnel.
Assists in planning patient menu and/or menu modifications according to approved diet manual.
Assists in development and participate in departmental and interdisciplinary quality improvement programs; identify and implement interdisciplinary activities as appropriate for Clinical Services as per specialty.
Acts as department advocate and liaison with the Nursing and Medical staffs as needed for providing optimal communication and enhancing patient nutritional care, education and research opportunities.
Participates in departmental staff meetings and communicating patient care issues to management.
Responsible for keeping current on nutritional developments in assigned/specialty areas.
Bachelor's degree in Nutrition Science or related field, required
Two years of clinical practice experience, required
Current State license or certification as a Registered Dietitian, required
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization that operates eight hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health center and more than 190 ambulatory service centers in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. The health system includes 15,000 full-time associates and more than 500 employed providers.