The Outpatient Dietitian serves as the Sodexo representative in the area of outpatient nutritional care, providing counseling services to patients with disease processes, which require nutritional management and impact on nutritional status. The outpatient dietitian is responsible for developing assessment techniques and education protocols and programs that are necessary for providing comprehensive nutritional care for outpatients who may have complex nutritional and/or psychosocial problems that impact on adherence to prescribed dietary regimens. The Outpatient Dietitian is also responsible for providing professional guidance and education in nutritional management and diet counseling of outpatients to physicians, allied health professionals, dietetic students, and entry-level dietitians. This position will also provide coverage maternity leave term and summer vacation. Salary Range: $39,500 - $52,000
~ Provide nutritional care processes
~ Analyzing nutritional information obtained, interpreting for individual nutrition care plans.
~ Conducting in-depth diet history with patients and/or caregivers
~ Implementing appropriate individual dietary regimes in conjunction with team/physicians
~ Administrative skills; completing reports and communication for patient/physician awareness
~ Knowledge of research as it relates to nutritional requirements of patients affected by disease
~ Marketing of Sodexo services to grow the Denver Wellness Center
~ Provide hours productively and maintain in communication with Wellness Director if there is a change of hours or needing more than agreed upon.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
~ Assist Wellness Director in the management of outpatient nutrition service costs to meet budget allocations by monitoring the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of the outpatient nutrition service.
~ Comply with agreement in no compete clause in that all patients, physicians, corporate sites as well as business generated while at the wellness center must remain as Sodexo business if the RD decides to terminate employment with Sodexo.
Resources Management (As Determined With Immediate Supervisor)
~ Orients outpatient office and clinical personnel to job responsibilities.
~ Actively pursues continuing education and personal development programs to maintain knowledge base and registration.
~ Assists Wellness Director with documentation of outpatient nutrition office performance plan.
~ Promotes client and Sodexo Services policies and procedures.
The Outpatient Dietitian provides diet counseling and nutrition care services to outpatients whose disorders/diseases require complex dietary management. The fact that the patients are not located in a controlled medical center environment serves to complicate this process, requiring the dietitian to utilize unique approaches to achieve adherence. Conducts in-depth diet history with patients and/or caregivers regarding food habits, preferences, ethnic or cultural background, economic status, physical limitations, and lifestyle habits which may impact on food intake or ability to adhere to nutritional care plan. Reviews medical record and interviews patient to evaluate anthropometric data, laboratory parameters, drug-nutrient interactions, and diet counseling needs. Utilizes knowledge of pathopysiology of multiple disease states, knowledge of digestion and metabolism of nutrients, and assessment of nutritional status to develop a realistic individualized dietary plan for the patient. Implements appropriate dietary regimes for individual outpatient/family/caregivers upon consult from physicians, physician assistants or nurse practitioners; alters diet prescriptions in consultation with physician, when indicated. Records results of nutritional assessments and diet counseling in the medical record, as well as progress on follow-up visits. *
Serves on multidisciplinary treatment team(s) composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, and other allied health team members. *
Provides and participates in educational programs such as medical conferences, classes, seminars, and workshops. The outpatient dietitian provides support, expertise, and serves as consultant to other dietitians and health team members regarding diet counseling and nutritional management of outpatients. *
Quality Assessment and Improvement
~ Directs the nutritional care of outpatients.
~ Counsels outpatients and their families on nutrition.
~ Tracks quality assurance indicators and actions plans.
~ Assists in the development of departmental standards of nutritional care.
~ Coordinates all outpatient nutrition patient education activities, including review and revision of diet instruction materials, identifying need for additional materials, and coordinating development of new materials.
~ Maintains accurate records/documentation of patient care.
~ Represents Sodexo Services Corporation and the individual facility professionally and ethically at all times.
~ Provides advice on clinical related issues at departmental and inter-departmental committees/meetings.
~ Demonstrates excellent communication and listening skills.
~ Achieves assigned departmental goals.
~ Creates an environment in which continuous improvement is measured and rewarded.
~ Manages projects for timely and accurate completion.
~ Maintains effective communication with key departmental managers and physician personnel.
~ Assists in managing the outpatient office activities.
Other (As Determined With Immediate Supervisor)
~ The employer may, at its discretion, add further duties not currently listed in the job description.
~ Other functions, which the employer may assign to the employee from time to time.
~ Registered Dietitian, CDR and CEU's maintained
~ CDE level Preferred
~ Member of The American Dietetic Association preferred.