Houston, Texas


At Houston Methodist, the Senior Clinical Dietitian position is responsible for functioning as an experienced clinician at the requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). In addition to fulfilling the duties of clinical dietitian, primary responsibilities for this position 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. The Senior Clinical Dietitian position serves as a preceptor for dietetic interns and mentors entry level clinicians, students, interns and other departmental employees, working closely with the interprofessional healthcare team to provide inpatient/outpatient care that is integrated and compatible with the patient-focused goals and objectives. This position participates in department and quality improvement projects for inpatient or outpatient departments.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Consults individually with clients regarding nutritional concerns. Recommends nutrition plans to clients based on physical results, goals and concerns. Corresponds with other health care professionals regarding client’s nutrition care plan as necessary. (EF)
  2. Acts as a resource person for all nutrition inquiries and provide counseling while upholding Houston Methodist and industry standards of ethics. Uses therapeutic communication, which includes active listening and teaching, to establish a relationship with patients, families and interprofessional health care team to collaborate on the plan of care. (EF)
  3. Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Helps drive improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e. peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Assesses the nutrition status of clients and/or patients. Implements nutritional care according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process (NCP). Develops and instructs nutrition education classes in conjunction with dietitian team. Consistently evaluates the patient’s comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly. Utilizes evidence-based knowledge applied to the patient’s condition and recommends change in the plan of care. (EF)
  2. Advocates on patient/family’s behalf to identify and resolve clinical and ethical concerns, utilizing appropriate resources. (EF)
  3. Initiates improvements towards department score for patient satisfaction, through peer-to-peer accountability to service standards. (EF)


  1. Self-initiates cross-coverage assistance to ensure continuity of care. Identifies and documents evaluation of outcomes. Collaborates with health care team to document correct degree of malnutrition in EMR to ensure adequate intervention for positive outcomes. (EF)
  2. Provides care to increasingly complex patients coordinates care with the interprofessional team. Utilizes sound clinical judgement, using an evidence-based analytical approach to ensure patient nutrition needs are met. (EF)
  3. Ensures continuity of care by completing quality monitors. Identifies areas of practice improvements with research-based evidence to achieve patient safety outcomes, supported by accurate documentation. Completes quality indicators for meeting department and hospital targets on the clinical nutrition dashboard. (EF)


  1. Completes activity/productivity & other reports on timely basis. Utilizes resources with cost effectiveness and value creation in mind. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, assisting coworkers as needed. (EF)
  2. Contributes towards meeting department financial targets through adjusting nutrition care plan to provide the most appropriate and cost-effective therapy, optimizing efficiency and other areas according to department specifications. (EF)


  1. Actively participates and is the nutrition representative on at least one department committee, task force and work group. Participates in a minimum of one continuous quality improvement/process improvement project. (EF)
  2. Serves as a mentor and trainer with the department. Conducts interdepartmental and interprofessional training & mentorship to include: a minimum of one diet knowledge training session for nutrition assistants annually, mentorship of student volunteers as applicable and subspecialty training on nutrition care for dietitians and other healthcare professionals. (EF)
  3. Serves as a preceptor for dietetic interns who are a part of an ACEND accredited dietetic internship program. Preceptor responsibilities to include mentoring and training interns to utilize the nutrition care process appropriately, hands on training for Nutrition Focused Physical Assessments, cosigning nutrition care notes in the EMR and evaluation of an intern’s performance based on ACEND competencies. (EF)
  4. Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs and takes appropriate action. Maintains professional development competencies by reviewing research for application to practice. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


o Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.


o Three years clinical nutrition experience as a Registered Dietitian


o Registered Dietitian certified by Commission on Dietetic Registration, by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

o Licensed Dietitian by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation or obtain licensure within 60 days of employment

o American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) preferred


o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Strong knowledge of local City Food Ordinance guidelines and Health department standards

o Function independently and exercise judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional care team and patients and their families

o Possesses comprehensive computer knowledge including Microsoft products

o Exhibits strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers


Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) Yes

On-Call* No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above.


May require travel within Yes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: Work overtime according to patient care and / or departmental needs_ 

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. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its prestigious Honor Roll for the sixth time. Also, in this year’s rankings, Houston Methodist Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the 11th year in a row. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 946 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and nearly 8,500 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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