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Elior North America Clinical Dietitian - Acute Care in Yankton, South Dakota

Identify and assess the nutritional needs of assigned patients/residents, initiate interventions to achieve and/or maintain individuals nutritional status, and enhance quality of life consistent with patient’s/resident’s goals. Will provide nutritional expertise to the health care team and educate patients/residents, staff or consultants. Will follow the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics standards of practice and facility regulatory requirements.

Key Accountabilities:

Acute Care & Swing Beds

  • Provides diet consultations, nutritional assessments and nutrition analysis to residents/patients/families of all ages according to their ability to learn in accordance with facility policies.

  • Instructs and counsels residents/patients/family members on normal nutrition and therapeutic diets with consideration given to their education, readiness to learn, cultural and social-economic background. All education sessions will be documented in the medical record.

  • Develops and assists in presentations for group education classes at facility for residents/patients/families in relation to nutrition and therapeutic diets.

  • Initiates nutritional assessment within 72 hours of receipt of Nutrition Consult order (based on facility policy) utilizing patient/family interviews, medical record review and discussion with facility medical staff.

  • Effectively identifies and makes appropriate referrals for drug-nutrient interactions, social service interventions or mental health interventions.

  • Assess patients for appropriate diet or nutrition support, documents and monitors these patients, making additional recommendations as needed.

  • Is involved in discharge planning for patients/residents and documents progress and discharge summary information as specified in facility polices.

All Areas of Practice

  • Interacts with other departments in setting up procedures, polices and problem solving as they relate to the patient/resident dining service and nutrition.

  • Works with medical and nursing staff to promote optimal patients/resident care and makes regular rounds to all care areas.

  • Actively participates in the development, review and revision of the continuous quality improvement programs and the facility wellness program.

  • Is involved in developing, planning and presenting nutrition and food service related training sessions to nursing and dining services staff.

  • Participates in facility menu planning for regular and therapeutic diets in conjunction with the Dining Services Director. Reviews and approves cycle menus, responds to requests for changes from the resident food committee with menu revision and analysis.

  • Responsible for updating resident/patient diet, weights, food preferences and other patient data in the computerized tray card system (Surequest or equivalent).

  • Conducts regular and ongoing meal rounds, dining room assessments and test tray audits. Monitors and evaluates resident/patient satisfaction with food selection, preparation and service along with the Dining Services Director.

  • Attends professional meetings and conferences to keep current with trends related to nutrition and food service.

  • Attends facility assigned meetings, such as quality assurance or safety council, as assigned by the Dining Services Director, District Manager of Field Support Dietitian.

  • Maintains ongoing communication with Dining Services Director to keep informed of current food service operations and concerns. May need to assist with daily operations as request by Dining Services Director.

  • Updates and maintains facility specific nutritional care policies and procedures.

  • Inspires confidence with patients, visitors and other staff members by communication in a highly professional manner.

  • Ensures accuracy and consistency of diet orders, nourishments and supplements in the computerized nutritional software.

  • Assists in other areas of Dining Services as necessary.

  • Liaison with the Field Support Dietitian in development of facility standards and practice.

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned by management.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelors or Master’s degree from an accredited Nutrition or Dietetics program and Registration by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Licensed/Certified per State requirements currently or upon hire.

  • Maintains continuing education credits as mandated by the American Dietetic Association of 75 credits every 5 years.

  • Licensed or certified per state requirements.

  • Certification in approved sanitation course such as ServSafe per Company standards or state requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of The Joint Commission/ Critical Access/OBRA/other regulation specific to comprehensive assessments, care planning and residents rights.

  • Knowledgeable in assessing neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, geriatric and pregnant/lactating residents/patients.

  • Knowledgeable on the current medical nutritional therapy related to: diabetes, GI disorders, hypertension, renal disease, hepatic disease, nutrition support, cardiovascular disease, cerebral vascular disease and oncology.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach others is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals and groups with widely varying backgrounds, perspectives, education, and skills is required.

  • Excellent work record, superior communication, cooperation, and organizational skills required.

  • Ability to work with team members.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle difficult situations with residents/patients and staff with tact and empathy.

  • Practice patient confidentiality, effective interpersonal skills, good judgment, and ability to listen with empathy and set priorities.

  • Ability to read, speaks, write and understand English.

  • Ability to hear and verbally communicate on the telephone and to hard of hearing residents/patients.

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