Summary: Performs specialized paraprofessional clinical duties under the supervision of the Clinical Dietitian in the inpatient acute care setting.
Responsibilities: Assists the Clinical Dietitian in collecting basic nutritionally relevant patient data to perform nutrition screening and preliminary nutrition risk evaluation; interviews patients to obtain food preferences, diet history, and related information; discusses patient needs with the health care team, determines whether the patient may require a nutrition assessment which is performed by a Clinical Dietitian.
Assists the Clinical Dietitian in providing nutrition education for patients and their families involving principles of special therapeutic diets; reviews current dietary practices of patient and their families; evaluates patient understanding and expected level of compliance; makes recommendations for follow-up education.
Assists the Clinical Dietitian in performing nutrient analysis; calculates and analyzes patient food and fluid intake, weight records, menu patterns, and enteral nutrition formula orders.
Collects pertinent clinical data from the electronic health record in order to accurately identify current nutrition problems; utilizes approved documentation standards to chart pertinent nutrition information into the electronic health record.
Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgement and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and take appropriate action.
Minimum Required Education: Associate's degree in an ACEND-accredited program with 450 hours of supervised dietetic technician experience OR Bachelor's degree in an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP).
Required Licensure/Certification: Registered as a Dietetic Technician (DTR) or Registered Dietitian (RD) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
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