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Chief Clinical Dietitian

Company: Methodist Health System
Location: Council Bluffs
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Why work for Nebraska Methodist Health System?
At Nebraska Methodist Health System, we focus on providing exceptional care to the communities we serve and people we employ. We call it The Meaning of Care - a culture that has and will continue to set us apart. It's helping families grow by making each delivery special, conveying a difficult diagnosis with a compassionate touch, going above and beyond for a patient's needs, or giving a high five when a patient beats a disease or conquers a personal health challenge. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits and a great work environment where all employees are valued! Most importantly, our employees are part of a team that makes a real difference in the communities we live and work in.

Job Summary:

The Chief Clinical Dietitian is responsible for the supervision of clinical dietitians, dietetic interns, and assigned office support staff. Develops and maintains policies and procedures for departmental and inter-departmental nutrition activities. Collaborates with medical staff and food service staff to ensure compliance with standards of nutritional care. Provides medical nutrition therapy in compliance with current Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP).


Essential Job Functions

Performs management duties, such as hiring, training, coaching, counseling, mentoring, corrective action, terminations, and evaluations, to ensure competent staff within the Food and Nutrition Services department.

  • Conducts regular staff meetings and employee rounding to ensure information is shared in a timely manner and employee satisfaction is achieved and maintained.
  • Retains and develops staff through team building, professionalism and treating staff with dignity and respect.
  • Encourages professional development through advanced certifications and/or degrees. Manages the daily operations of the clinical dietitians and dietetic interns to monitor staff adherence to the established departmental policies and procedures and to ensure excellent patient service is provided.
    • Conducts orientation training and in-service training to explain policies and work procedures and to ensure compliance with department standards of operation and state and federal regulatory agencies.
    • Plans and oversees scheduled peer reviewed patient chart audits to ensure accurate documentation is completed and complies with nutrition standards of practice.
    • Prepares and maintains work schedules for assigned staff to ensure duties are covered.
    • Monitors overtime and productivity. Adjusts staffing as needed in order for necessary work to be completed during each shift. Documents payroll, time and attendance variances accurately by running reports and manually entering data to ensure correct payroll is completed by established weekly deadlines.

      Educates/trains or shares current, evidence-based nutrition information with clinical dietitians, dietetic interns, medical students, physicians, and allied staff as requested to facilitate continuous learning and development.
      • Functions as preceptor for dietetic interns and coordinates schedule and clinical rotations to ensure successful completion of internship requirements.
      • Assists with ongoing nutrition education material updates by researching, reviewing, and utilizing evidenced based resources to ensure education material is current Oversees clinical quality improvement activities required by The Joint Commission (TJC) to ensure compliance with TJC standards.
        • Attends internal and external meetings to ensure oversight and compliance regarding food and nutrition service issues within the Health System.
        • Follows system and department infection control policies and procedures. Conducts nutrition assessment in the five domains of nutrition assessment as documented in the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology Reference Manual: Standardized Language for the Nutrition Care Process (IDNT):
          • Food/Nutrition-Related History
          • Anthropometric Measurements
          • Biochemical Data, Medical Tests, and Procedures
          • Nutrition-Focused Physical Findings
          • Client History Identifies specific nutrition diagnosis(es) and documents using standardize language that includes problem (p), etiology (e), and signs and symptoms (s) (PES statement(s .

            Ensures nutrition interventions/plans of care are delivered and actions are carried out.
            • Participates in rounds to ensure adequate communication is provided to develop and update the patient care plan. Monitors and evaluates indicators and outcomes directly related to nutrition diagnoses, goals, and intervention strategies to determine progress made in achieving desired nutrition care outcomes and whether planned interventions should be continued or revised.
              • Utilizes best available research as the foundation for evidence-based practice.
                • Integrates pathophysiology, calorie, nutrient and fluid intake vs. patient needs and the clinical outcome goals into nutrition recommendations and interventions, including enteral and parental nutrition, to ensure positive patient outcomes.
                • Provides nutrition education to patients, families and caregivers prior to discharge through counseling, educating and training material to ensure compliance with the established nutrition care plan. Participates in ongoing review and revision of patient and client menus, diet manuals, and computerized diet applications by collaborating with appropriate staff to ensure compliance with Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) and most current medical nutrition therapy guidelines.


                  Full time, Day Shift, 8 am - 4:30 pm

                  Job Description:

                  Job Requirements

                  • Bachelors Degree required, preferably in Nutrition and Dietetics.
                  • Masters Degree preferred.Experience
                    • 3 - 5 years previous supervisory experience required, preferably in a healthcare environment.
                    • 5 years previous clinical experience with patients throughout the aging continuum preferred.License/Certifications
                      • Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) required.
                      • Licensed Dietitian (LD-Iowa) or Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist (LMNT-Nebraska) for work state required.
                      • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) preferred.
                      • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) membership preferred.
                      • Valid and current driver's license required.Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
                        • Knowledge of the Joint Commission (TJC) requirements.
                        • Knowledge of current Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care (AND) Process.
                        • Skill in planning, delegation, time-management, and problem-solving.
                        • Skill in performing nutritional calculations based on body weight, age, lab values, and clinical status.
                        • Knowledge of medical terminology.
                        • Skill in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook applications.
                        • Skill in electronic medical record documentation.
                        • Strong verbal communication skills for positive interaction with staff and patients.
                        • Excellent customer service skills.
                        • Ability to interpret lab results as related to nutritional status of patients.
                        • Ability to read, write, and comprehend various written reports and documents.
                        • Ability to travel to various locations. Physical Requirements

                          Weight Demands
                          • Medium Light Work - Exerting up to 35 pounds of force.Physical Activity
                            • Not necessary for the position (0%):
                              • Climbing
                              • Crawling
                              • Kneeling
                              • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
                                • Balancing
                                • Carrying
                                • Crouching
                                • Distinguish colors
                                • Grasping
                                • Lifting
                                • Pulling/Pushing
                                • Standing
                                • Stooping/bending
                                • Twisting
                                • Walking
                                • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
                                  • Fingering/Touching
                                  • Keyboarding/typing
                                  • Reaching
                                  • Repetitive Motions
                                  • Sitting
                                  • Speaking/talking
                                  • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
                                    • Hearing
                                    • Seeing/VisualJob Hazards
                                      • Not Related:
                                        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
                                        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
                                        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
                                        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
                                        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
                                        • Electrical Shock/Static
                                        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
                                        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
                                        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations About Methodist:

                                          Nebraska Methodist Health System is made up of four hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, more than 30 clinic locations, a nursing and allied health college, and a medical supply distributorship and central laundry facility. From the day Methodist Hospital was chartered in 1891, service to our communities has been a top priority. Financial assistance, health education, outreach to our diverse communities and populations, and other community benefit activities have always been central to our mission.
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