Located in central Denver’s historic Washington Park residential neighborhood, associates at Porter Adventist Hospital enjoy beautiful surroundings, leading technology, outstanding leadership and easy access to everything great central Denver has to offer. As a full-service Magnet® designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center specializing in behavioral health, cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation, Porter Adventist Hospital treats some of the region’s most complex medical cases and surgery patients. Our Heart and Vascular Institute is the first and only program in Colorado to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. We have also received numerous awards and honors including: The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2014); top 50th orthopedic program ranking by U.S. News & World Report with high performing honors in eight specialties (2014); an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety (2014), as well as many others. The Porter tradition of blending science and spirit began more than 75 years ago by Denver businessman Henry Porter with his generous donation after he experienced care at a Seventh Day Adventist Facility in CA and sought to bring that same philosophy of care to Denver. If you are ready for a career where the work you do truly transcends the walls of a hospital, we invite you to learn more at: http://www.porterhospital.org/
Screens, assesses, develops and implements nutrition care plans based on patients' nutritional and educational needs that follow departmental guidelines for timely, quality nutrition care. Uses evidence based standards where applicable. Participates in outpatient nutrition programs and clinics when applicable. Actively participates in projects and process improvement activities as assigned.
Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
Successful completion of AND approved internship, preferred
Minimum Experience Requirements
One year of clinical dietitian experience, preferred
Strong communication skills; ability to read, write and speak English.
Strong Computer skills; experience with Microsoft Office programs
Experience with Food Service Operations database and Dietetic software, preferred
Current Registered Dietitian or eligibility (required within six months of hire/transfer)
Current membership in a professional organization such as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,
Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Diabetes Association or American Association of Diabetes Educators, preferred
Required to complete a minimum of 75 CEU hours every 5 years per Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guidelines
Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )
■ Uses the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Care and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process, as well as hospital and departmental guidelines to facilitate nutrition care of patients.
■ Uses evidence based practices when available.
■ Screens patients for nutritional risk in accordance with departmental guidelines.
■ Performs comprehensive inpatient / client nutritional assessments and re-assessments across the age spectrum per departmental screening and assessment guidelines.
■ Uses the following data for assessment and determination of nutrition diagnosis.
■ Interviews using age and education level appropriate communication techniques with patient/ client.
■ Reviews and interprets nutrition related lab values.
■ Reviews and considers impact of nutrition related medications on patient's nutritional status and nutritional needs.
■ Reviews medical history, progress notes, ancillary care team notes.
■ Communicates with nursing and staff currently caring for patient/client.
■ Develops nutrition care plan, interventions and goals based on desired outcomes for patient/client, which include but not limited to: assessing calorie, protein, and micronutrient needs; evaluating appropriateness of enteral or parenteral nutrition; determining enteral or parenteral feeding regime and implementing per department and hospital policy.
■ Performs education and communication to patient, family, and care team regarding plan of care.
■ Monitors response to nutrition care plans, interventions, and goals and revising as appropriate.
■ Documents in the medical record (EMR) using the PESS format as deemed appropriate.
■ Member of nutrition support team. Coordinates nutrition care with other interdepartmental/ intradepartmental team members as needed.
■ Using age appropriate teaching strategies to educate inpatients, outpatients/clients and family regarding medical nutrition therapy. *
■ Takes into consideration physical, emotional, and cognitive issues that affect ability and readiness to learn. *
■ Considers individual preferences for learning styles. *
■ Develops individual goals with the patient/client. *
■ Monitors patient's progress toward goals when appropriate and revises when necessary. *
■ Researches, develops and revises education material as needed. *
■ Refers to appropriate outpatient setting for continuum of nutrition care if needed. *
■ Conducts in-services and training sessions to other health professionals and within the Nutrition department/diet office as needed. *
■ Provides community nutrition education per need and as time allows.
■ May serve as preceptor to dietetic interns. Educates interns on the role/responsibilities of the Clinical Dietitian and processes/procedures for nutritional care. Identifies knowledge and skill deficits. Provides constructive feedback and coaching to the intern to improve competency.
■ Documents all patient care activities including evaluations, education, and progress notes per standards of practice and regulatory/third party payer requirements. *
■ Documents ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes to correctly capture billing charges. *
■ Coordinates and communicates effectively to all patients, families, staff, physicians and other customers concerning nutritional care services by direct verbal and/or written communication respecting confidentiality at all times. *
■ Participates in personal, professional and program development by attending department and hospital educational programs, in-service meetings and safety trainings. *
■ Adheres to professional code of ethics and to all accreditation requirements. *
■ Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *
■ Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. Understands that being an employed dietician implies acceptance of reassignment of any billing to the facility. *
☑ Light Work - exert/lift up to 20 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently
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