Dietitian Per Diem / Part-Time
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We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.
In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:
If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.
This is a per diem 16-20 hours position from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Summary of Responsibility:
Responsible for assessing nutritional status of inpatients, implementing a nutrition care plan and evaluating progress on an ongoing basis, and providing nutrition related education as appropriate.
1. Accurately reviews medical orders for modified diets required for patients. (E)
a. Acknowledges diet orders and diet changes within Nutrition documentation according to established standards.
b. Records nutritional information and problems in Progress Notes in patients' medical records as frequently as established standards of practice for nutritional care dictate.
2. Assesses each patient's nutritional status utilizing available clinical information - making appropriate recommendations based on standards of care including the coding for malnutrition if appropriate. (E)
a. Interviews patients and/or family members to obtain information regarding food habits and preferences for guidance in planning diets and developing a nutrition plan of care.
b. Instructs patients and/or family on restricted diets or other nutrition related issues.
3. Cares for patients of all ages (adolescent, adult, geriatric) and continuously seeks nutrition related knowledge including of age specific physiological changes, developmental needs, equipment needs, and appropriate therapeutic interventions. (E)
4. Responsible for accurate preparation, timely completion, documentation and filing of all diet and nutrition related information, including instructions, assessments and consults. (E)
a. Maintains Diet Office Record Systems ( manual or electronic) in Nutritional Services Department of all diets and changes for patients
5. Oversees the routine activities of lead diet technician and diet technicians. (E)
6. Attends Team Meetings as assigned or arranges for adequate hand off to team members if necessary.
a. Fulfills documentation requirements for Team Meetings.
b. Participates in Family Meetings as indicated
7. Communicates with patients and staff regarding in-patients’ intake and nutrition related issues. (E)
8. Computes nutritional intakes upon request of physician or if assessed as necessary by dietitian. (E)
9. Participates in in-service programs and nutritional seminars for professional and departmental staff. (E)
10. Completes special projects as assigned by the Director of Nutritional Services.
11. Establishes and maintains effective communications with hospital and food service employees.
E = Essential Function
Bachelor’s degree in a Nutrition and Dietetics from a program approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
Registered Dietitian Status Preferred; or Registration Eligible
Massachusetts Licensed Dietitian preferred.
Work schedule availability includes weekends and holidays as staffing requirements
Required to read and write and orally communicate the English language.
1. Sitting 5 hours per shift (up to two hours at a time) with intermittent standing and walking.
2. Occasional bending, squatting, twisting, turning, reaching above the shoulders and above/below the waist.
3. Stair ascending and descending up to approximately 20 times daily.
4. Occasional lifting/carrying books and supplies weighting 0-10 pounds.
5. Hand dexterity both left and right for simple grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation.
Works in a busy office, with constant interruptions or noise; spending long periods
Working on the computer and/or talking on the telephone;
Occasionally works in an office and kitchen where there is exposure to heat, humidity, chemicals, and odors.
Spends time on patient units and in patient rooms where they are potentially exposed to contagious diseases.
Important COVID message
Please note, our New England Sinai Hospital is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled and professional way.