Clinical Dietitian PD

Under the general supervision of the Manager Clinical Nutrition and in accordance with established policies procedures and departmental standards of practice provides nutritional care to dialysis patients throughout their adult lifespan with consideration of the aging processes cultural and emotional needs: interviews patients caregivers and/or family members reviews medical records to assess nutritional needs develops nutritional plans and provides diet education to meet individualized needs. Maintains records of nutritional care plans and medical status of all patients. Monitors nutrition status and laboratory values and makes recommendations as needed. Documents patient nutritional plan and progress in the medical record. Provides teaching to medical and nutrition students and members of the interdisciplinary team. Participates in obtaining grants conducts research and quality assurance programs.


Interviews patients and/or family members review medical records; evaluates data and develops a nutritional care plan for each individual patient as required by departmental standards of care regulatory agencies and program based protocols.

Obtains documentation in support of nutritional care plans from current evidenced based medicine sources.

Collaborates with patient and/or family to access nutrition needs background and resources to establish goals in a culturally competent environment.

Assesses and reassesses individualized nutritional needs of patients documenting patient�s nutritional plan and progress in the medical record.

Incorporates state of the art knowledge of renal nutrition and dialysis to develop nutrition care plans.

Maintains records of nutritional care plans and medical status of patients in dialysis unit per departmental standards of care regulatory agencies and unit-based protocols.

Communicates nutritional plan of care with patients caregivers families and extended care facilities as required.

Integrates knowledge of food food preparation and human nutrition to help design nutritional interventions appropriate based on patient�s renal lab work.

Monitors nutrition status and laboratory values and makes recommendations as needed to interdisciplinary medical team. Monitors markers of mineral metabolism and aids in adjusting Vitamin D analog dosing monthly. Reviews medication compliance with patient and medical team.

Provides diet education to meet individualized needs to patients caregivers and families as appropriate to learning needs cultural socioeconomic and emotional needs.

Participates in interdisciplinary rounds.

Provides teaching to medical and nutrition students and members of the interdisciplinary team as appropriate.

Participates in obtaining grants conducts research and program quality assurance monitoring.

Participates in patient satisfaction initiatives and department programs in customer service for meeting the department and hospital mission vision and goals.

Participates in department quality assurance programs and department financial and productivity measures as requested.

Participates with the Manager Clinical Nutrition and Senior Dietitians in planning and implementing policies and procedures and nutrition practice guidelines for nutritional services for the outpatient dialysis unit.

Collaborates with inpatient dietitians in development of nutrition standards educational materials and handoff communications regarding individual patient nutritional plans of care.

Initiates continuous learning for state of the art patient care. Seeks opportunities for professional development and educational leadership.

Work with insurance companies to obtain coverage as appropriate for patient supplements.

May be requested to participate in community and media programs.


Other information:

A Bachelor�s Degree in Food and Nutrition or a related concentration from a US Accredited College/University approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE).

Completed CADE accredited supervised practice program and successfully passed national examination for Registered Dietitian (RD) by the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association.

License as a Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Rhode Island (must have within 6 months of hire). Proof of application for license to be submitted upon employment.

An advanced degree and/or advanced credential such as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Certified Nutrition Support Clinical (CNSC) or Renal Specialty designated by the American Dietetic Association preferred.

Maintenance of American Dietetic Association Registration through completion of 75 hours of continuing education every five years and Rhode Island LDN of 20 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Membership preferred in the American Dietetic Association and relevant practice groups such as the Medical Nutrition Practice Group (MNPG) and Renal Dietitians (RPG).

Thorough understanding of the application of principles of nutrition to human physiology and renal disease states.

Thorough knowledge of the nutrition care process and the nutritional values of food and food groups.

Ability to translate patient�s nutritional needs to recommendations for food preparation and meal planning.

The analytical ability to identify overt and potential nutritional problems.

The ability to communicate nutrition education through formal and informal channels.

Analytical and numerical skills to assess and calculate diets.

The administrative ability to direct and coordinate the delivery of quality nutrition care in this population group independently

Proficient computer skills in MS Word.

MS PowerPoint and MS Excel preferred.


Minimum of one year as a Clinical Dietitian required however two to three years of experience preferred.

Previous renal dietetic experience preferred.


Sits stands and walks intermittently throughout the day. Exposed to a normal patient care environment when visiting patients and when meeting with other health care personnel. May be required to lift up to 10 pounds. Hazards are minimized with adherence to established safety precautions. Travel may be required to off-site facilities.



Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Per Diem


Shift: 1


Union: Non-Union