Houston, Texas

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Job Summary

The Clinical Dietitian I position is an entry level to 4 years experienced clinician functioning at the requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).  Clinical Dietitian I participates in departmental and quality improvement projects.

The Clinical Dietitian I works closely with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide inpatient 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 the completion of the nutrition assessment, determination of the nutrition diagnosis, developing and implementing nutrition intervention(s) and monitoring and evaluating of the patient¿s progress.
This position exists to ensure:

1)Optimal medical nutrition therapy through:
I.Individualized screening and nutritional assessment
II.Development and implementation of medical nutrition therapy care plans
III.Nutrition education
IV.Monitoring through reassessment of response to nutrition care.
a.Development of transitional feeding plan if indicated
b.Termination of nutrition intervention when clinically appropriate
2)Positive impact on quality and cost outcomes by assuring optimal medical nutrition therapy to minimize potential complications related to alterations of nutrition status.

¿ Not applicable
¿ Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
¿ Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
¿ Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
¿ Preschooler (3-6 years)
¿ School Age (6-12 years)
¿ Adolescence (12-18 years)
¿ Young Adult (19-40 Years)
¿ Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
¿ Mature Adult (65 years and older)

System and department specific ICARE values

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.


a.Performs duties as assigned
b.Demonstrates collaborative teamwork
c.Practices effective verbal and written communication skills
d.Demonstrates adherence to policies, procedures, departmental Code of Conduct, local and federal regulatory standards (e.g., Texas Department of Health, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA, etc.) (EF)

1.Positive impact on quality and cost outcomes by assuring optimal medical nutrition therapy to minimize potential complications related to alterations of nutrition status.
2.Completes activity / productivity & other reports on timely basis (EF)

1.Quality of practice and resource utilization
a.Self-initiates cross-coverage assistance to ensure continuity of care (EF)
b.Completes quality monitors (EF)
c.Identifies and documents evaluation of outcomes (EF)
d.Updates guidelines, policies, procedures & standards of care services based upon outcomes and evidence based medicine / research (EF)
a.Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace. (EF)

1.  Nutrition care
a.Screening, assessment, reassessment and medical nutrition therapy
(ii)Assesses nutritional status of patients identified at nutritional risk by evaluating: (EF)
1.Age, gender, diagnoses, past medical & surgical history, drug-nutrient interactions, food allergies, cultural / religious food preferences, etc.
2.Individualized nutritional needs
3.Anthropometric measurements
4.Biochemical / microbiological indices
5.Diet history
7.Alterations of nutrient digestion, absorption or metabolism
8.Socioeconomic status
2.Medical nutrition therapy
a.Develops and implement medical nutrition therapy care plan(EF)
2.Ensures safe, cost-effective & appropriate medical nutrition therapy
b.Recommends and / or implements appropriate nutrition care(EF)
3.Nutrition education
a.Educates patient, caregiver, interdisciplinary team and / or intradepartmental team on nutrition information(EF)
a)Collaborates with patients, caregivers and health care team members
b.Assesses effectiveness of nutrition education(EF)
4.Monitoring and reassessment
a.Evaluates response to nutrition care for patients identified at nutritional risk(EF)
b.Evaluates clinical effectiveness and progress of nutrition care(EF)
c.Facilitates communication of medical nutrition therapy care plan to assure continuity of care between patient care units(EF)
d.Develops transitional feeding plan if indicated(EF)
e.Recommends evaluation by adjunctive services (social services, speech pathology, immediate referral to RN re: pain assessment, etc.) as indicated(EF)
f.Terminates nutrition intervention when clinically appropriate(EF)
5.Other duties
a.Performs other duties as assigned

1.Maintains professional development competencies(EF)
a.Completes minimum of 6 AND continuing education hours per year
b.Reviews research for application to practice
2.Maintains current AND registration, State of Texas licensure and specialty board certification if applicable(EF)
3.Maintains annual professional portfolio for professional growth(EF)
4.Conducts training & mentorship for: (EF)
a.CNA I and II
b.Dietetic Interns
c.Student Volunteers
d.Fellow Dietitians
5.Has a baccalaureate degree in dietetics, food science, nutrition, institutional management of relevant field from an accredited university.
6.Collects outcomes measurement data related to nutrition care (EF)
7.As directed, participates in projects (EF)
a.Participates in  continuous quality improvement / process improvement project
b.Participates in  activities of committee, task force or work group
c.Communicates regular updates to manager
8.Participate in multidisciplinary rounds. IE. Care Coordination Rounds, Medical Rounds, etc. (EF)

This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

¿Baccalaureate degree in dietetics, food science, nutrition, institutional management or relevant field from an accredited university
¿Master degree in dietetics, food science, nutrition, institutional management or relevant field is preferred (not required). 
¿Completion of dietetic internship accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Registered Dietitian eligible with Verification Statement or entry level to 4+ years of clinical nutrition experience.


¿Completes at least 6 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic  (AND) continuing education hours per year

Entry Level to 4+ years:
¿Registered dietitian certified by Commission on Dietetic Registration the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
¿Must be able to obtain a current license by Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians within 30 days of employment

Registered Dietitian eligible with Verification Statement:
¿Must be able to provide a copy of a signed verification statement from an accredited dietetics internship program
¿Must successfully pass the Registered Dietitian examination certified by Commission on Dietetic Registration the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic within 90 days of employment
¿Must be able to obtain a provisional dietitian license by Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians within 30 days of employment

¿Knowledge of computer, printer and calculator
¿Ability to interact and communicate with personnel at all organizational levels
¿Full competency in computer applications
oMicrosoft Office applications
oHospital information system applications
¿Minimum typing skills of 50 WP
¿Full competency / skills in verbal and written communication
¿Competency in technical writing and business writing
¿Follow standards of appearance for Clinical Nutrition Services¿ non-uniformed employee
¿Must comply with the City of Houston Food Ordinances

¿Walk short distances throughout the day
¿Stand, sit, and type / write for long periods of time
¿Must be able to continuously walk and stand for long periods of time

¿Normal office conditions
¿Follow dress standards for Clinical Nutrition non-uniformed employees
¿Work overtime according to patient care and / or departmental needs
¿Potential exposure to biohazards, e.g. blood borne pathogens, sharps, etc. in direct patient care
¿Intermittently sitting, writing and entering data in the computer

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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