Assesses nutritional needs; develops, implements, evaluates, and documents nutritional care plans for patients hospitalized or under Home Health/Hospice care and performs diet instruction in preparation for discharge, according to applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- Assesses data reflective of patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirement relative to his/her age group.
- Conducts nutritional assessment for inpatients and outpatients and makes appropriate recommendations for medical nutrition therapy.
- Consistently utilizes established screening criteria to identify patients at nutritional risk.
- Documents screening and assessments in medical record according to clinical standards.
- Recommends changes in medical nutrition therapy based on assessments and discusses rationale for change.
- Develops and implements plans of nutritional care correlated with other health disciplines.
- Calculates the composition of all enteral and parenteral formulas and assesses appropriateness.
- Counsels patients and caregivers in nutrition principles, care plan, and food selection appropriate for diet order.
- Precepts dietetic interns.
- Participates in multi-disciplinary committees, task forces, and patient planning rounds.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
- Must be available for weekends and occasional evening work.
- American Dietetics Association (ADA) - CDA approved internship or equivalent education and approved experience program.
- Must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of ADA.
- Must be licensed or meet licensure requirements and be in the process of applying for licensure with the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice.
Working Conditions, Equipment, Physical Demands:
There is a reasonable expectation that employees in this position will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Physical Demands - Medium
Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of this position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed necessary.