Clinical Dietitian III (1.0 FTE, Days)
1.0 FTE- Days
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.
This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.
The Clinical Dietitian III works closely with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide patient care that is integrated and compatible with the patient-focused medical goals and objectives. Primary responsibilities include application of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) including completion of the nutrition assessment, determination of the nutrition diagnosis, development and implementation of nutrition intervention(s), and monitoring and evaluation of the patient’s progress. The Clinical Dietitian III uses the Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework (SODPF) to determine scope of practice, established Standards of Practice and Professional Performance (SOP/SOPP) in nutrition care and practice-specific dietetics, and, as available, evidence-based practice protocols/nutrition practice guidelines to help determine nutrition intervention(s).
The Clinical Dietitian III functions independently on all pediatric and obstetric units/clinics, including intensive care units, and works with the most complex patient types greater than 50% of the time at a specialty level (proficient/expert). Clinical Dietitians III serve as a role model, resource, and leader for the level I and level II dietitian.
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).
Able to perform all functions of Clinical Dietitian level I and level II.
Performs lead role in at least one performance improvement initiative or outcome-based research project annually and creates/revises at least one nutrition protocol/patient education tool annually.
Conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment using anthropometric, medical/clinical, biochemical, radiologic, diet history, and physical examination data for patients identified at nutritional risk. Obtains timely and appropriate data and analyzes/interprets data based on institution-specific and evidence-based standards.
Evaluates need for and appropriateness of enteral and/or parenteral nutrition support and recommends suitable mode of feeding including route and site selection as applicable to the clinician’s skills.
Provides nutrition and/or nutrition support therapy education to individuals, patients, clients, care givers, and/or groups as appropriate.
Serves as a mentor and/or resource to other practitioners, including dietitians level I and level II.
Participates in periodic review of enteral and parenteral nutrition formularies to include new products, equipment review, and selection and applicable policies and procedures. Promotes cost-effective selections.
Actively participates in a formal work team or research team and leads as needed.
Ongoing maintenance of specialty certification required. For specialty certifications not requiring recertification, continued competency in specialty area must be evident.
Performs other similar or related duties as requested or directed.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Education: Bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, or a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university. Completion of a didactic program in dietetics and supervised practice program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education). Advanced degree (masters or doctorate) preferred.
Experience: Minimum of five years of directly related work experience, including two years pediatric specific.
License/Certification: RD/RDN (Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist) - Valid credential as a Registered Dietitian / Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD) issued by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' Commission on Dietetic Registration.
License/Certification: Specialty certification in one of the following (within one year of appointment to level III) (DSC):
- Certified Specialist in Pediatrics (CSPED)
- Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR)
- Certified Specialist in Oncology (CSO)
- Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
- Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
- Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC)
- Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD)
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD)
-Registered Dietitian Nutritionist-Advanced Practitioner, (RDN-AP)
-Registered Dietitian-Advanced Practitioner, (RD-AP)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.
Knowledge of the Nutrition Care Process as it relates to the needs of children and acutely ill patients/clients and ability to apply all steps of the process.
Comprehensive knowledge and application of nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy in pediatric patients, especially in specialty area within pediatrics.
General knowledge of electronic medical record, nutrient analysis, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
Ability to communicate effectively in written, verbal and electronic form to patients, public, hospital/clinic and medical staff, and physicians.
Ability to function independently on assigned patient care units and/or outpatient clinics.
Excellent counseling skills and the ability to relate to a multi-ethnic community and varied learning levels.
Critical thinking to integrate facts, informed opinions, active listening, and observations.
Decision making, problem solving, and collaboration.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish productive working relationships with multidisciplinary team and support services.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
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