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Pediatric Dietitian-Solid Org

Pediatric Dietitian-Solid Org

Job Description

The Pediatric Dietitian II - Solid Organ Transplant works in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Provides comprehensive nutrition care for solid organ transplant patients pre- and post- transplant, according to clinical practice guidelines and established standards of care. Completes an in-depth initial nutrition consult/nutrition assessment, individualizes the nutrition care plan and makes recommendations for medical nutrition therapy according to patient needs. Provides nutrition education to patient/families and provides ongoing nutrition care throughout the transplant process, making adjustments to the care plan as indicated, and documenting progress in the medical record in a timely fashion. Must be able to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting with the solid organ transplant team, attend rounds and meetings, serve as a resource, and posess good verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.

PCH Values
  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.
Position Duties

1. Readily identifies the nutritional needs of solid organ transplant patients and integrates the medical nutrition therapy plan of care with the patients psychosocial, ethnic, cultural and religious needs.
  • Applies knowledge and uses skills to deliver care appropriate to patients with special health care needs, considers age and developmental stage of the child (Family Centered Care).
  • Understands and interprets age specific responses, non-verbal communication and caregiver feedback relative to nutrition plan (Family Centered Care).
  • Demonstrates knowledge, responds and is sensitive to individual differences, varying socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; coaches and acts a liaison between care team and family for the purpose of accommodating individual needs and preferences (Caring and Family Centered Care).
  • Accurately and effectively interprets developmentally appropriate diagnostic tools (Accountability).
  • Carries out duties with little supervision and effectively solves problems related to developmental issues within scope of practice (Accountability).
2. Calculates individualized nutrient requirements for various age groups and/or diet/nutrition modifications to meet the unique needs of solid organ transplant patients. Recommends initiation of and/or changes to medical nutrition therapy for enteral and parenteral formulas, additives, and meal pattern/food intake to meet nutrition requirements. Monitors the response of the patient to medical nutrition therapy and makes adjustments as indicated. Comfortably manages the nutrition care plan for these complex patients.
  • Demonstrates knowledge, application and understanding with the principles, practices, methods/techniques of medical nutrition therapy in general pediatrics and/or a sub-specialty practice area to improve health (Accountability).
  • Accurately performs the mathematical calculations necessary to complete duties and/or uses tools for this purpose (Accountability).
  • Effectively assesses, prepares and implements a nutritional care plan based on the age of the patient and medical diagnosis (Family Centered Care).
  • Carries out duties with little supervision and effectively solves problems related to nutrition care planning within scope of practice (Accountability).
3. Documents nutrition care plans and recommendations accurately, concisely and adheres to documentation standards to ensure timely availability for coordination with the patients interdisciplinary care plan. Verbal, written and non-verbal communication skills and critical thinking skills are well-developed and consistently applied. Routine outcome measures demonstrate that recommendations are evidence-based, implemented and improve the nutritional health/status of the solid organ transplant patient.
  • Fosters and instills trust and influences patient care decisions through consistency in work methods, behaviors, good communication skills and follow through with duties (Leadership).
  • Consistently demonstrates personal responsibility for finding the best solution in the completion of all tasks including seeking out evidence-based strategies to improve the health of the patient; Demonstrates timely, thorough, accurate and concise written and verbal communication skills to influence patient outcomes (Accountability/Collaboration).
  • Demonstrates patient confidentiality by understanding and following HIPPA directives; Maintains the confidentiality of the hospital's business (Accountability).
  • Applies effective decision making, critical thinking and problem solving skills (Accountability and Caring).
4. Collaborates with multi-disciplinary, solid organ transplant team to establish goals for the patient nutrition care plans that coordinate positively with interdisciplinary treatment objectives. Takes the initiative to approach the health care team with patient issues that may not be nutrition care related but significant to the patient's total care plan. Participates in teaching/patient rounds and leads the discussions. Demonstrates proficient skills in the formulation of nutrition assessments, nutrition therapy care plans and recommendations.
  • Demonstrates effective coordination of developmentally appropriate care between disciplines and departments; Serves as subject-matter expert within the interdisciplinary team (Collaboration and Leadership).
  • Demonstrates ability to use good judgment and understands the role of the nutritionist on the interdisciplinary care team by referring issues beyond scope of practice to appropriate parties (Accountability).
  • Demonstrates professionalism in all interactions by projecting a positive attitude toward job, workplace and others (Accountability and Leadership).
5. Maintains professional and technical competency through regular participation in educational/training programs, in-services and by reviewing relevant professional publications and materials pertinent to solid organ transplant. Participates and may have a leadership role in professional societies to ensure ongoing awareness of current practice and improve the understanding of most current methodologies, practices and philosophies which can be applied to patient care populations.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning and professional development by identifying and seeking out opportunities to increase knowledge and skills; Views personal achievement/advancement as important to the organization's overall success (Innovation/Excellence).
  • Assesses own learning and skill development; Demonstrates the ability to manage own professional development plan and achieve goals (Innovation/Excellence and Accountability).
  • Demonstrates commitment to the work unit/team(s) by participating and leading projects and initiatives which improve the care of patients and/or serve the needs of the hospital and community (Leadership/Accountability and Innovation/Excellence).
6. Develops, conducts and evaluates educational materials and in-service programs that meet the individualized developmental, social, economic, cultural and learning needs of patients, families, health care team members and all interested parties.
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of curriculum development (Innovation/Excellence).
  • Applies knowledge and understanding of the use of educational program assessment tools and methods (Accountability).
  • Applies care delivery techniques, protocols, policies and methods specific to the age of the patient, population group and/or needs of the community (Family Centered Care and Leadership).
  • Effectively and competently demonstrates proficient written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills for all aspects of the educational program (Accountability).
  • Assumes a leadership role for patient/family education within the practice setting (Accountability).
7. Serves as a resource to patients, families, the community and other health care organizations for nutrition-related information. Is considered to be a subject matter expert in the nutritional management of solid organ transplant. Is sought out by the interdisciplinary health care team to provide nutrition information important to the patients plan of care and for staff education and training.
  • Assists patients and families to learn and to promote understanding of nutrition-related information (Leadership and Family Centered Care).
  • Participates and may lead programs within the hospital and community to educate the public in nutrition-related topics (Leadership and Family Centered Care).
  • Serves as a hospital resource to other health care organizations for continuity of care with nutrition-related information (Accountability).
8. Participates and may have a leadership role in hospital and/or departmental operations quality and performance improvement initiatives. Proactively and constructively evaluates practice standards and delivery systems to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Demonstrates understanding and comfortably executes the principles, practices, methods and techniques of quality and performance improvement (Accountability and Caring).
  • Demonstrates understanding of hospital and departmental operations, practice standards, programs, goals and initiatives; Abides by hospital and departmental policies and procedures (Leadership and Accountability).
  • Demonstrates teamwork in the effective completion of collaborative duties and projects (Collaboration and Accountability).
  • Effectively communicates and models the values and behaviors of PCH and supports the mission and vision of the hospital (Caring and Leadership).
9. Assumes accountability and takes a leadership role in patient satisfaction activities by practicing and promoting the patient comes first in the execution of duties. Interacts with patients and families in a compassionate and respectful manner. Supports new ways of satisfying patients/families through ideas and innovations.
  • Demonstrates through words and actions the PCH Core Values (Family Centered Care, Excellence, Leadership, Innovation, Caring, Collaboration and Accountability).
  • Assumes personal responsibility for excellence in patient satisfaction (Accountability).
  • Strives to satisfy patients and families by always taking the extra step to accommodate requests and needs (Caring and Accountability).
  • Supports and acts upon new ideas and innovation within the hospital and department that promote patient satisfaction (Innovation).
10. Provides nutrition care to inpatients and outpatients in general pediatrics and other sub-specialties, according to the clinical nutrition staff schedule. Includes weekdays and weekends and includes On Call rotation.
  • Performs primary duties and responsibilities for the nutritional care of pediatric patients throughout the hospital according to the assignment.
11. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Job Requirements

Education Requirements
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition meeting requirements for registration by the Commission on Dietetics Registration/recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Required)
  • Master's Degree in nutrition or a related field (ex. MS, MPH, MBA, MEd). A professionally recognized certification in nutrition practice (ex. CSP, CNSC, CDE) may be substituted. (Required)
  • Must obtain 15 CEUs annually to maintain registered dietitian status or cumulatively 75 hours within a 5-year period. Must be able to demonstrate recent CEUs, recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, in pediatric nutrition practice topics pertinent to the patient population served. (Required)
Experience Requirements
  • Experience and strong working knowledge for medical nutrition therapy and solid organ transplant. (Required)
  • Experience and strong working knowledge of current medical nutrition therapy for general pediatrics and sub-specialty conditions. This may include but is not limited to TPN, infant and enteral formulas, GI disorders, diabetes, renal, cardio-pulmonary and weight management/growth concerns for children ages birth to 18 years of age. (Required)
  • At least 5 years of experience in pediatric nutrition practice. (Required)
  • Experience presenting to community and professional organizations is highly desirable. (Preferred)
Certification/License/Registry Requirements
  • Registered Dietitian (R.D.) Credential recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required. (Required)
  • A professionally recognized certification in nutrition practice (ex. CSP, CNSC, CDE). A Master's Degree in nutrition or a related field (ex. MS, MPH, MBA, MEd) may be substituted. (Required)
Skill Requirements
  • Ability to work independently to care for patients, solve routine problems and meet patient satisfaction objectives is required (Required)
  • Must meet professional competencies from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process and Model - Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework outlined in the PCH Professional Advancement Program for Pediatric Dietitians, Level II. (Required)
  • Must meet criteria annually for three (3) professional advancement activities outlined within the PCH Professional Advancement Program for Pediatric Dietitians, Level II. (Required)
  • Bilingual (Spanish) skills desirable (Required)
Physical Requirements
  • Physical Requirement - Climbing (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Hearing (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Reaching (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Sitting (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Standing (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Talking (Constantly)
  • Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling (Occasionally)
  • Physical Requirement - Walking (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Near Vision (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Far Vision (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination (Frequently)
  • Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment (Frequently)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment (Applicable)
  • Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases (Applicable)

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 39888
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