Registered Dietitian- Pittsburg/Fort Scott, KS


POSITION: Registered Dietitian

DEPARTMENT: Population Health

REPORTS TO:  Population Health Manager

DIRECT REPORTS: None

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

CORE VALUES

The core values of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) are dignity and stewardship.  Each staff member is expected to perform their job duties in a way that preserves dignity for our patients and maintains good stewardship of the Center's resources.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

The Population Health department works to prevent chronic disease and maintain existing health conditions while enhancing overall patient health. The department works together to improve the health of targeted populations, reduce the cost of care, and create a culture of health and wellness. This is achieved through the identification and management of patients in need.

The Dietitian coordinates and provides a full range of nutritional care services that promotes and aids in the restoration of health for all patients. This individual completes accurate and appropriate clinical nutrition assessments, reassessment and individualized nutrition counseling to patients/families according to established standards of care. The Dietitian executes nutrition care plans and interventions, while working with other care teams to achieve established goals and yield positive outcomes. The Dietitian provides effective patient teaching and is a participative member of the clinical nutrition and interdisciplinary care teams. Lastly, the Dietitian performs duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with CHC SEK's mission and values.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  1. Accurately complete routine nutrition screenings to identify patients at risk for malnutrition.
  2. Appropriately assess diagnostic data (diagnoses, anthropometrics, biochemistry, pharmacology, immunology) as well as patient’s history (medical, surgical, diet) to formulate and document an individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy care plan, including but not limited to oral supplementation, enteral nutrition, and/or parenteral nutrition as needed using the Nutrition Care Process.
  3. Appropriately follow up to modify, update, and document progression of Medical Nutrition Therapy plan based on changes in the patient’s medical condition, desired outcomes, patient comprehension, and anticipated compliance using the Nutrition Care Process.
  4. Provide appropriate nutrition education on a variety of disease processes in an outpatient setting by evaluating patient/family’s knowledge to communicate an individualized diet prescription and rationale.
  5. Provide appropriate nutrition education on a variety of wellness topics at coworker and community lunch and learn sessions, monthly Diabetes Support group meetings, Centering Pregnancy prenatal classes, and other health fairs, T.V. presentations, and other community relation events as assigned.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of enteral nutrition (EN) by recommending formulas according to rationale for use and patient tolerance, verifying access/formula/fate, entering accurate orders when consulted, and communicating EN plan to nursing.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) by recommending individualized and accurately calculated TPN formulas (fluid, content, base nutrients, electrolytes, vitamins, trace minerals, and insulin), verifying access/formula/rate, entering accurate orders when consulted, and communicating TPN plan to nursing.
  8. Refer patients to other resources/healthcare disciplines such as, but not limited to, outpatient diabetes education, behavioral health services, WIC, The Weigh Station, and Meals on Wheels when needed.
  9. Manage daily work routine by prioritizing and dividing patient care activities in order to use time and resources efficiently, taking into account skill mix, patient load, acuity and department guidelines.
  10. Remain flexible regarding schedules, job duties, and the needs of others being sure to communicate when assistance is needed to complete assigned tasks.
  11. Build and maintain positive work relationships with coworkers, providers, nursing staff and all CHC SEK departments.
  12. Participate in multidisciplinary team for patient care as well as in wellness, ethics, and other committees as assigned.
  13. Comply with all CHC SEK policy and procedures, HIPAA, third party surveyors, and all federal, state, and local agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition meeting the requirement for registration by The Commission of Dietetics Registration/recognized by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics required.
  2. Licensure: Licensed and Registered Dietitian with credential recognized by The Commission on Registration required. Must be registered with the state of Kansas or eligible to receive Kansas license. RD/LD Dietetics Registered Dietitian, or Registry Eligible – RD within 6 Mo/LD within 3 months of RD KS and LD Licensed Dietitian within 3 months of Registry.
  3. Minimum of one year experience as a clinical dietitian working in a clinical nutrition practice area required.
  4. Must be able to work independently with little supervision.
  5. Must be willing to learn EN/TPN.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  1. Social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient-and employee-base
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the rationale of appropriate patient care.
  3. Communicate through appropriate channels. Use proper chain of command for patient complaints.
  4. Ability to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively.
  5. Must be computer literate.
  6. Must be proficient with the organization’s electronic medical record system.
  7. Must be able to maintain good inter-personal relationship with co-workers and other members of the health care team and the organization.
  8. Provide customer service in accordance to the organization’s mission.
  9. Be courteous and respectful when interacting with patients and family members.
  10. Maintain patient confidentiality in accordance to organization’s policy and procedure and HIPAA requirements.

WORKING CONDITIONS

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee will frequently stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Travel is required throughout the service area.