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Clinical Dietitian I, Adult Nutrition - PD/Days at MemorialCare Health System

Clinical Dietitian I, Adult Nutrition - PD/Days

MemorialCare Health System Laguna Hills, CA (On Site) Full-Time

Description - External

Purpose Statement / Position Summary

To provide routine and specialized clinical nutrition services to patients, clients and the community. To communicate between food production personnel, patients and families/caregivers, physicians, and hospital staff to ensure accurate, appropriate, cost effective, high quality nutritional care delivery in accordance with Food & Nutrition Department standards, policies and procedures. The clinical dietitian II spends the majority of the assigned time with patients requiring specialized knowledge and certification. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. It is expected that the employee demonstrate behavior consistent with the core values. The employee shall support Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s strategic plan and the goals and direction of the performance improvement plan.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job

  1. Assess, plan and monitor the nutritional status of hospitalized patients.
  2. Responsible for providing specialized level nutrition care to meet the demand of high acuity patient in corresponding specialized area.
  3. Communicate and document the nutrition plan of care using the Nutrition Care Process.
  4. Plan and monitor nutrition support activities.
  5. Plan and provide nutritional counseling/education to inpatients, outpatients, and groups.
  6. Organize, prioritize and multitask to achieve expected productivity
  7. Communicates with health care team, public, management and others regarding nutrition topics.
  8. Monitor and support diet technician and diet office activities.
  9. Attends department specific education/training, in services, staff meetings
  10. Participates in department specific performance improvement projects, and provides input to improve departmental operations, equipment and supply needs
  11. Possesses and maintains knowledge and skills of job specific competencies.
  12. Demonstrates positive influence and recognizes the efforts of others.
  13. Displays a high standard of professional behavior and dress.
Essential Job Outcomes
  1. Assessment and monitoring the nutritional status of hospitalized patients. Accurate assessment and documentation in the medical record. Accurate assessment of malnutrition and weight status with placement on problem list. Recommendations made according to standards. Documentation within time frame of standards. Communicate as needed to food service and clinical nutrition staff, nursing and ancillary services and physicians.
  2. Recommendations made according to standards with the use of modified diets, nutritional supplements, tube feeding products, and parenteral nutrition infusion; including appropriate monitoring of intake, clinical and laboratory parameters. Supports and mentors clinical dietitians in area of expertise when indicated. Collaboration with other dietitians.
  3. Plan and provide nutritional counseling/education to inpatients, outpatients and groups. Accurate documentation in medical record. Accurate and appropriate content, delivery, and use of handouts.
  4. Demonstration and documentation of established productivity goals(i.e. accurate charges, appropriate use of time and accurate activity reports)
  5. Participation and presentation in patient rounds, committees, meetings, company programs and health fairs as a nutrition expert/leader; including the development of nutrition topics, presentations, in-services and education.
  6. Oversee and support duties performed by diet technicians, diet office, and other support staff; including diet tech data collection and education, and use of Computrition to review patient menus and perform menu correction audits.
  7. Consistent application of patient safety policies and procedures (i.e. infection control, hand hygiene, patient alarms, use of MemSafe)
  8. Maintain current nutrition knowledge consistent with a specialized level of expertise and application of department specific education/training, in-services, annual mandatory education and professional continuing education
  9. Participation in department-specific performance improvement projects, action plans, and development of processes that improve the standards of care/ practice in the food and nutrition department.
  10. Completion of competencies for specific populations and duties as assigned (i.e. nutrition support, nutrition education, menu correction, population specific needs…etc.)
  11. Other duties as assigned

Location: Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

Schedule: PD, Days

Shift: Regular

Job Listing: SAD004507

Pay rate: $37/hr

Placement in the pay range is based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, relevant years of experience and qualifications. In addition to base pay, there may be additional compensation available for this role, including but not limited to, shift differentials, extra shift incentives, and bonus opportunities. Health and wellness is our passion at MemorialCare—that includes taking good care of employees and their dependents. We offer high quality health insurance plan options, so you can select the best choice for your family. And there’s more... Check out our MemorialCare Benefits for more information about our Benefits and Rewards.


Qualifications - External


  • Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics in Food and Nutrition granted from an accredited college or university.
  • Master's Degree in Nutrition or allied health profession preferred
  • Minimum three years' experience as a clinical dietitian in an acute care setting
  • Completion of an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics or advanced degree with ACEND qualifying experience
  • Current registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Expertise in normal and therapeutic nutrition, medical terminology and abbreviations; nutritional assessment and care planning; nutrition counseling and verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and written in English
  • Excellent organization and prioritization skills necessary
  • Basic computer skills
  • Demonstrated passion and expertise in one or more areas of nutrition highly desirable
  • CDR credentialed Registered Dietitian (RD)
  • Clinical Dietitian II postition requires one of the following advanced certifications by date of hire:

Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO), Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR), Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM)

Recommended Skills

  • Auditing
  • Care Planning
  • Clinical Works
  • Communication
  • Critical Care
  • Data Collection
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