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Clinical Dietitian (20 hours per week)

companyMassachusetts General Hospital
locationBoston, MA, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/14/2022
Full Time

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

Responsible for the comprehensive delivery of medical nutrition therapy using evidence-based practice. Screens, assesses, implements nutrition care plans; documents, performs discharge planning and completes referrals for general patients; coordinates patient care with Food Service Staff ( if necessary); adheres to departmental and hospital policies and procedures

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Communicates with and obtains information from the patient, family members, and significant others and uses this information to ensure patient-focused care and patient involvement in decision-making, following HIPPA guidelines.
  • Obtains comprehensive data on individual patient's personal, medical/health histories including anthropometric, lab results, medications, demographics and activity/exercise.
  • Obtains nutrition history.
  • Determines nutrient and energy requirements.
  • Identifies and reviews possible food/medication/herb interactions.
  • Works closely with food service personnel to promote delivery of care.
  • Analyzes and interprets nutrition and health assessment data, identifies nutrition-related problems and sets priorities for nutrition intervention.
  • Formulates nutrition care plans. Establishes follow-up plans and continues providing nutrition care to obtain appropriate clinical outcomes.
  • Educate patient, family members, and significant others about diet modifications for home and individualizes plan to meet specific needs, food preferences, and usual eating pattern.
  • Communicates with health professionals in the community as needed.
  • Documents initial and follow-up nutrition health assessments in the medical record according to department standards-LMR and/or CBORD.
  • Integrates nutrition recommendations with other aspects of patient care by participating in interdisciplinary discussions focused on patients.
  • Educates other health care professionals about the positive impact of appropriate nutritional care.
  • Demonstrates competencies required by specific area of work / identifies competencies in specialty area and provides competency-based training to colleagues.
  • Promotes nutrition care services to other health care providers and practices through individual communication.
  • Participates in Department and Hospital activities.
  • Precepts and instructs dietetic interns during their rotations and participates in their performance evaluation.
  • Actively engages in process improvement to advance the delivery of nutrition care with limited resources.
  • Develops professional portfolio consistent with area of practice and seeks continuing education activities to maintain competence.
  • Accountable for meeting budgeted visit volume and revenue projections in assigned area through marketing of nutrition services and community outreach; meets established productivity goals.
  • Demonstrates ability to change patient's nutrition behavior for positive health outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to patient CMS guidelines as related to medical nutrition therapy coverage.
  • Organizes the work for the day and prioritizes/ reorganizes throughout the day as needed.
  • Appropriately orders tube feedings, infant formulas, and supplements.

EXPERIENCE / EDUCATION:

Experience and a proven ability to provide effective MNT and counseling in both individual and group settings.

Master's Degree, advanced certification and prior experience with or interest in disordered eating preferred.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS:

Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration - required

Licensed Dietitian, Commonwealth of MA - required

SKILLS / ABILITIES:

Demonstrates ability to communicate and relate to a diverse group of patient, colleagues, and other health care professionals.

Demonstrates nutrition education and counseling skills to patients / clients to achieve desired goals.

Demonstrates ability to prioritize work with limited resources.

Demonstrates ability to effectively make decisions which achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

Explain the impact of their decisions on the cost of delivery of health care and be accountable for those costs.

Demonstrates an appreciation and understanding of the interdependence of all areas of NFS in successfully providing optimum nutrition care.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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