Responsible for providing comprehensive, high quality, safe nutrition care to patients in the hospital, clinics and related entities. Areas of responsibility include patient/resident medical nutrition therapy, education, consulting and community service. Specifically: Provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to hospital/assisted living residents encompassing screening for nutrition risk and all steps of the nutrition care process as appropriate; Assesses nutrition needs/patient problems and implements interventions according to age and disease specific needs of patient/resident; Mentors and teaches nutrition and diet therapy principles to dietetic interns, medical students and Healthcare providers; Interprets and applies nutrition research to clinical practice. Supports community service through nutrition and health education programs; Provides these services as a self-directed team member in accordance with hospital and department standards and policies, contract agreements, The Joint Commission, and regulatory agencies.
Adjusts diet according to patient’s needs taking into consideration allergies, intolerances, lifestyle, psychosocial, and educational factors.
Assesses and systematically implements individualized appropriate nutrition education for patients/families. Conducts comprehensive patient/family teaching. Provides educational resources for patient and family. Updates and develops new teaching materials as needed.
Evaluates clinical data as to normal vs. abnormal parameters.
Completes documentation of Medical Nutrition Therapy.
Completes nutrition counseling and education with both inpatients and outpatients. Meets with patient/family on admit and discharge from Phase 2 to perform individualized nutrition counseling/education. Monitors patient/family response and progress. Meets with Phase 3 patient/family to perform nutrition counseling/education as needed and monitors response and progress. Evaluates if expected outcomes have been achieved; communicates patient progress to the patient, family, physician, and cardiac rehab staff.
Conducts group nutrition classes. Instructs at a level the participants and family can understand. Updates classes, arranges for samples, and provides recipes.
Documents medical nutrition therapy and nutritional care for clients to ensure their records are complete and information about the client is available.
Assists patient in establishing and monitoring goals. Works collaboratively and communicates with staff to improve patient outcomes.
Maintains adequate level of office and medical supplies in Cardiac Services to accomplish daily work.
Monitors and modifies client care plan to ensure appropriate client services are delivered.
All other duties as assigned.
Education - Bachelors degree in Dietetics Certification - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) - Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Internal Number: R8042
About Regional Health
Regional Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. Regional Health offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Regional Health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.