Clinical Dietitian Per Diem
This position will be responsible for the development and implementation of the nutritional counseling services provided to patients at Tucson Medical Center’s Wound Care Clinic. The anticipated patient volume will require 3 days a week in clinic, in addition to the time spent developing processes and procedures involved with starting up the new program.
Provides professional advice on diet therapies, instructing patients and/or families. Consults with nursing staff and physicians on nutrition and evaluation of patients’ responses to diets. Coordinates diet adaptations with house menus. Within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the responsibilities will include the ability to diagnose nutrition-related problems, determine and implement appropriate interventions and monitor and evaluate interventions and outcomes. The NICU dietitian will also provide patient formula mixing instructions.
Guides the Medical Nutrition Therapy Team through education, demonstration, and observation of the Diet Technicians.
Functions as a nutritional resource to physicians, nursing and other healthcare professionals.
Plans, develops, and conducts formal and informal educational programs in nutrition and diet therapy for medical and nursing staff as well as students and other healthcare professionals.
Consults with nursing personnel and patients concerning patient’s diet and food preferences and instructs as needed.
Reviews, updates, and coordinates patient nutritional care and protocol implementation through on-going communication and conference participation with nursing and other interdisciplinary staff.
Coordinates and provides individual patient nutritional care.
Performs nutritional assessments on assigned floors involving review of patient charts and diagnoses.
Documents relevant aspects of nutritional care for patients in accordance with departmental standards in patient medical records.
Records patient diet information and preferences into a computerized system.
Oversees the calculations of the nutritional content of foods consumed by patient and insures accuracy of documentation in the medical record.
Educates patients through individual discussions, group classes, and community speaking engagements.
Compiles dietetic information for use by kitchen personnel in food preparation.
Evaluates patient meal acceptance and makes rounds to all units.
NICU – Assists in the development and implementation of nutrition protocols and monitoring tools. Monitors infant feeding composition, route of feeding and tolerance and makes appropriate recommendations as indicated. Maintains current knowledge of neonatal nutrition and macro and micro nutrient requirements of preterm and term infant for optimal growth.
Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or related field.
EXPERIENCE: No experience required. One (1) year of experience preferred.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current registration with the American Dietetic Association, or ability to receive within six months of hire. NICU – Preferred completion of a neonatal nutrition fellowship and Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of best practices for diet therapies for different needs.
Knowledge of scientific rational and application of infant and pediatric formulas, intravenous feedings and feeding modules (carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals).
Skill in assessing personal diet needs and providing advice on how to improve nutritional balance.
Skill in the establishment of strong interpersonal working relationships with multidisciplinary teams and support services.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries or complaints from employees, patients, and/or their representatives and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs and apply basic algebraic concepts.
Ability to define problems, collect data and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.