Dietetic Technician

Summary:
Under the general supervision of a Senior Dietitian Clinical Dietitian or Lead Dietetic Technician supports the Clinical Dietitians by collecting information reporting observations and communicating with the patient/client family or caregiver. Obtains nutrition/weight histories food allergies and preferences adjusts meal selections for food preferences and diets monitors menu selections and makes adjustments for compliance with prescribed diets. Conducts meal rounds to monitor food consumption and customer satisfaction and provides education and guidance on food choices and meal planning. Reports observations to the Clinical Dietitian to assist in documenting response to the nutrition care plan and to assist in adjusting the nutrition care plan to meet patient/client goals and achieve desired outcomes. Implements and monitors nutrition interventions as assigned by the Clinical Dietitian

 

Responsibilities:

Conducts nutrition screening according to pre-established criteria.


Collects and reviews food and nutrient intake information (e.g. current and previous diets meal and snack patterns nutritional supplements typical foods and beverages chewing and swallowing difficulties cultural and religious preferences and food allergies and intolerances.


Obtains anthropometric information from medical records or by interviewing patients families or caregivers.


Visits patients and reviews medical records after department nutrition risk notification from electronic nursing nutrition screen received to validate risk notification and document if high risk not indicated.  Communicates results in designated computer system.


Provides nutrition interventions/plans of care (e.g. menu correction diet education) as designed and directed by the Clinical Dietitian.

Responds to patient inquiries regarding interventions in accordance with scope of practice.


Verifies the nutrition intervention/plan of care is being implemented and the patient needs are met.


Provides nutrition monitoring and supports nutrition evaluation through meal rounds nutrient intake analysis and documentation and diet reinforcement.


Visits patients family members and care partners to review patients progress and discuss their nutritional care plans; conducts continual nutrition assessments and evaluation of patient and suggest revisions to plan as patient�s condition warrants.


Conducts individual and group patient education and nutrition classes preparing patient for continued care at home.


Coordinates work and daily activities of the Nutrition Hospitality Associates.  Provides input into performance appraisals and corrective disciplinary action as appropriate.  Coordinates the timely processing of menus and makes sure they are circulated and retrieved accordingly as close to schedule as possible and that the necessary corrections are made to provide for proper meal preparation and delivery.  Works with Get Well Network or other electronic menu system to collect menu choice information.  Meets with unit assistants on units as needed to communicate important information regarding meal service delivery and pick up.


Acts as a liaison between nursing and Food & Nutrition Services.

 

Other information:

BASIC KNOWLEDGE:

Completion of a baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent and completion of a ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Thorough understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition and dietetics application of principles of nutrition to human physiology and disease states and a foundation of evidence based practice.  A thorough knowledge of the nutritional values of food and food groups.

Analytical ability to identify overt and potential nutritional problems.  The ability to develop nutritional care plans for review by the Clinical Dietitian.

Oral and written communication skills necessary to work effectively with patients families and hospital personnel in communicating nutrition care plans etc.  Supervisory skills to provide direction in the collection of menus.

Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide nutritional care to patients based on age specific competencies and patient's cultural religious or ethnic and nutrition preferences.

Demonstrated understanding of and ability to work within the food service system. Demonstrated computer competency in Microsoft Office


EXPERIENCE:

Prior experience in a nursing home or hospital and with food and nutrition and hospital electronic health record is desirable.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Some exposure to communicable diseases when in contact with patients but hazards are minimized by adherence to established safety procedures and precautions.


 

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: Full Time

 

Shift: 1

 

Union: Non-Union