JOB TITLE: CLINICAL DIETITIAN – DIABETIC EDUCATOR (PRN)  
DEPARTMENT: NUTRITION SERVICES
REPORTS TO: VICE PRESIDENT CLINICAL OPERATIONS
FLSA STATUS: NON-EXEMPT

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for promoting nutritional education for diabetic patients through ongoing provider education, contributing to development of programs, evaluation of outcomes, and direct interaction with diabetic patients, families, and groups.  Collaborates with individuals in both the inpatient and outpatient areas to coordinate care of diabetic patients across the health care continuum.  Works with the health care team to provide optimal nutritional therapy to diabetic patients.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
1. Registration with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics required.
2. Licensure through the West Virginia Board of Licensed Dietitians required at hire.
3. Department Specific:  Certified in Diabetes Education or obtains certification within one year of hire.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
EXPERIENCE:
1. One year of clinical experience preferred.

 

 

 

 

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be construed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties.  Other duties may be assigned.
  1.             Collaborates with physicians, nursing staff, and other health care providers to ensure comprehensive, coordinated nutritional therapy to promote improved diabetic management.
  2.            Participates in the development of both the inpatient and outpatient Diabetes program
  3.            Functions as a resource person in the area of nutritional management in diabetics for all staff.
  4.            Communicates with other health care professionals, families, and referral agencies regarding nutritional plan of particular patients or patient groups to ensure continuity of care from admission through discharge and back into the community.
  5.            Assists in monitoring patient outcomes and adherence of patients to program recommendations.
  6.             Collaborates with physicians, nursing staff, and other health care providers to ensure comprehensive, coordinated patient and family education.
  7.             Performs consults on all newly diagnosed diabetics.
  8.             Performs rounds on previously diagnosed diabetics.
  9.             Identifies providers’ needs regarding nutritional management of diabetics and participates in inservice programs, workshops, and seminars.
 10.           Remains current in nutritional management of diabetics though literature searches, conferences, continuing education, etc.
 11.           Provides education and counseling to patients and families.  Collaborates with nursing staff to ensure that comprehensive patient education is complete prior to discharge.
 12.           Provides consultation to the interdisciplinary team regarding nutritional management of the diabetic patient population.
 13.           Serves on committees related to diabetic management as appropriate.
 14.           Maintains professional certification
 15.           Mentors interdisciplinary health care team members in regard to nutritional management of diabetic patients.
 16.           Maintains program standards, policies, and procedures in collaboration with interdisciplinary team
 17.           Assists the program coordinator with data collection, analysis, and interpretation to ensure that expected outcomes are achieved.
 18.           Assists with data collection
 19.           Participates in development of action plans based on data analysis and interpretation
 20.           Participates in Performance Improvement projects as appropriate.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Requires ability to instruct individuals (patients) as well as classes.
2. Requires use of computer.
3. Must be able to read professional literature, to read and write in the medical record.
4. Must be able to travel to assigned units and visit patients.

 

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
1. Ability to speak in front of a group.  
2. Good verbal and written communication skills.