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Job Title: Dietitian
Department: Nutrition Services
Reports to: House Manager/Executive Director
Next Review Date: 03/2014
Job Description Details
Statement of position/position summary

Registered Dietitians (RD) are responsible for providing quality nutrition education to patients, families, and staff.  This education may be accomplished through one-to-one visits, group classes, or by providing written materials. The RD will be responsible for menu planning and oversight, review of policies and procedures related to nutrition services and will conduct nutrition related presentations to staff on an as needed basis.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Minnesota Licensure through the MN Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in food service or clinical nutrition area in healthcare facility
  • Experience with menu planning for patients in a hospice setting
  • Knowledge of patient nutrition/education techniques for terminally ill patients
  • Strong interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills
  • Presentation and team facilitation experience
  • Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft programs required.

Position Role and Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain standards of food production, service, sanitation, safety and security in compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation (COP) requirements, government regulations, and Seasons Hospice policies.
  • Manage usage of resources (labor, materials, and supplies) to ensure the agency’s financial goals are met.
  • Responsible for monthly menu planning at the hospice house.
  • Develop and/or review nutrition educational materials for patients and staff.
  • Provide nutrition counseling and education to patients, families/caregivers and staff.
  • Serve as a resource for hospice staff for questions related to nutrition, diet, meal planning, etc.
  • Consult with physicians and nurses as part of the care team.
  • Be available via telephone and/or electronic mail for consults or questions.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff.
  • Provide verbal and written performance evaluations for assigned staff members, including peer and self evaluation.
  • Responsible for maintenance of electronic medical records, assuring accuracy, completeness and compliance with regulations, certification standards, legal and ethical standards.
  • Support, instruct and educate the patient, family, and caregiver.
  • Maintain the dignity of the dying patient.
  • Support the patients and family's unique spiritual and cultural beliefs.
  •  Provide holistic, family-centered care across treatment settings to improve the quality of life.
  •  Consult and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and others involved in the patients care.
  •  Provide care consistent with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization standards of practice for hospice programs.

Agency Expectations

  • Adhere to all Seasons Hospice policies and procedures.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules.
  • Display a positive and professional image and attitude in all relationships with patients, families, peers and in the community.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Seasons Hospice at all times.
  • Provide verbal and written performance evaluations for assigned staff members, including peer and self evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ongoing responsibility for self education.
  • Assume responsibility for the promotion of the hospice concept in the community and with other agencies and professionals.
  • Participate in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program (QAPI), as requested.
  • Maintains patient and personal safety regarding occupational health and safety.
  • Participate in safety program, as requested:
    • Participate in employee job safety analysis to eliminate hazards and prevent accidents.
    • Cooperate to investigate employee injuries.
    • Promote and support safety awareness and implement safety operations.
    • Encourage staff to make suggestions on safety practices.
  • Participate in orientation of new employees.
  • Participate in volunteer orientations, training and education as requested.
  • Participate in orientation and supervision for students seeking experience in hospice care
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

 

ADA Requirements  (Essential functions)

  • Physical Requirements*

Sitting………………………………………………………………………………………..   5 - 8 hours/day

Standing…………………………………………………………………………………….   0.5 – 1 hour/day

Walking …………………………………………………………………………………….   1- 2 hours/day

Lifting ……………………………………………………………………………………….   Minimal – Up to 25 lbs.

Pushing/Pulling ………………………………………………………………………..    Minimal – Up to 25 lbs.

Reaching …………………………………………………………………………………..   0.5 hour/day – 8 ft., higher or lower

Use of telephone ……………………………………………………………………..    2 - 3 hours/day

Working under pressure……………………………………………………………    3 – 4 hours/day

Working rapidly for long periods ……………………………………………..     1-2 hours/day

Use of keyboard/computer, printer, fax, copier……………………….     4 – 5 hours/day

Position requires occasional lifting of heavy objects; finger dexterity; good vision, hearing, and oral communication. Work is performed within routine office conditions, usually without exposure to hazardous or unpleasant conditions. May occasionally work longer than 8 hours/day.

  • Cognitive or Mental Requirements

The following cognitive or mental requirements are necessary on a daily basis:

Critical thinking

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

Weighing and/or measuring

Drawing conclusions from written or computer generated materials

Analyzing data or report information

Creating methodologies for accomplishing a goal

Conducting research

Implementing recommendations by coordinating persons and/or other resources

Developing plans, procedures, goals, strategies, or processes

Directing activities of others to accomplish a goal

Clear communication of information

  • Working Environment

Indoors, at a desk for majority of the day

Travel required, as needed

May require driving a car to get to various work sites

 

*Maximum hours per shift are noted

 

Additional Notes

This job description is only a summary and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.  This document is subject to change at any time.

 

 

Created by: Michelle Donahue – Director of Human Resources Date: February 2013
Approved by: Beverly Haynes- Executive Director Date: February 2013