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Company: Sparrow Health System
Location: Lansing
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

General Purpose of Job:
The clinical dietitian provides professional nutrition services for the care and treatment of patients, by screening, assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individual patient care according to Food and Nutrition Services policies, procedures and standards of care, in conjunction with the medical staff and other ancillary services.
Essential Duties:
This job description is intended to cover the minimum essential duties assigned on a regular basis. Associates may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by their leader. Leadership has the right to alter or modify the duties of the position.

  • Assesses nutritional status of patients and initiates appropriate nutritional care in accordance with established guidelines. This may include ordering and evaluation of nutrition-related labs and assessment of vitamin and mineral status. May conduct nutrition focused physical exams to help diagnose malnutrition.
  • Develops and implements nutrition care plans based upon assessment of the patient. Evaluates patient's response, updates care plan and documents assessment plan and response in the patient record.This may include ordering therapeutic diet prescription, tube feeding orders, therapeutic diet adjustment (orders), tube feeding management (adjustment of rate, volume, formula, water flushes) and management of vitamin/mineral supplementation and pancreatic enzyme dosing. Give recommendations and /or pend Parenteral Nutrition orders including electrolytes as needed.
  • Instructs or counsels patients and patients significant others on nutritional needs, diet modifications, and food/drug interactions.
  • Participates in medical rounds to maximize nutrition therapy
  • Instructs or counsels patients on nutritional needs, diet modifications, and food/drug interactions.

  • Teaches nutrition classes for patients, hospital personnel and community groups. Assumes preceptor role for new Associates, diet techs, student dietitians and/or student volunteers and dietetic interns, medical students, GI, Trauma and Pulmonary Fellows., .
  • Resource for physicians, hospital personnel and the community regarding nutrition practices. Maintains knowledge of current trends in nutrition. Maintains professional standards by participating in inservices, committees, and by being members of established hospital committees and task forces.
  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives within the hospital and department.
  • Participates in clinical research projects that impact nutrition
  • Monitors and evaluates nutritional care provided by dietetic technicians.

    Job Requirements

    General Requirements
    • Demonstrates knowledge and maintains and respects patient right to privacy by following the HIPAA Privacy and Security policies and procedures. • Adheres to ICARE values and standards of behavior (Innovation, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence). • Role model behaviors that value the diversity of our associates, patients and customers and supports creating an environment that is inclusive, welcoming and respectful. • Communicates with patients, families and customers using AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, Thank). • Works in a safe manner and promptly reports any hazards identified in the work environment or related to assigned responsibilities.

    Work Experience

    • Bachelor's degree in dietetics from an ASCEND accredited college or university. • Completion of an ASCEND accredited dietetic internship • Current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) • Master's degree in nutrition or nutrition-related field beneficial. Preferred.

    Specialized Knowledge and Skills
    • Clinical knowledge and analytical abilities necessary to formulate effective nutrition care plans in conjunction with other multi-disciplinary team members to provide appropriate patient care. • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families, physicians and other hospital associates. • Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide care based on physical, psycho/social, educational, safety and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patients serviced in her/his assigned service area as related to the principle duties and responsibilities of the position. The skills and knowledge needed to provide such care may be gained through education, training or experience.

    Primary responsibilities will include provision of medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education for patients receiving care at Sparrow's High Risk Pregnancy Clinic. Additional responsibilities will include leading regular group education classes that address maternal and pediatric nutrition needs.
    Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
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Keywords: Sparrow Health System, Lansing , CLINICAL DIETITIAN, Healthcare , Lansing, Michigan

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