The Clinical Dietitian (Community Living Center), located on the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, Tuskegee Campus is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs. He/she supports the facility's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the client, the client's family and the community.
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The Clinical Dietitian (Community Living Center), located on the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, Tuskegee Campus is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs. The increasing complexity and specialization in nutrition requires that the clinical dietitian have expertise in a wide range of disease entities, treatment modalities and drug/nutrient interactions.
Working independently, the clinical dietitian will be involved in the professional practice of dietetics in accordance with the guidance set forth in Nutrition and Food Services policies and procedures, the authorized scope of practice/clinical privileges and VA regulations governing the practice of dietetics. The clinical dietitian may be scheduled and assigned to any nutrition practice area and must possess the required knowledge and skills in order to perform the following functions: Conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutrition risk. Develops and implements an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the patient's medical program goals and objectives. Calculates nutritional requirements (calories, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, electrolytes, fluid) and necessary diet restrictions. Conducts regular meals observations to ensure the accuracy, palatability and appropriateness of food served and to elicit patient food preferences. Identifies patients in need of nutrition support and recommends the appropriate mode of nutrition support, including suitable route, formula and rate of administration. Utilizes assessment and evaluation techniques that consider age-specific needs as well as cultural, religious and ethnic concerns. Documents nutrition care plan in the patient's medical record, including nutrition assessment data, medical nutrition therapy initiated and recommendations, results of nutrition counseling and discharge planning. Documentation supports an interdisciplinary approach and continuity of care. May rotate outpatient nutrition clinics at various Outpatients as previously established. Provides input to scheduling services for type of appointment required.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, 8:00 am
4:30 pm, Monday
Friday, Rotating Weekends
Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Dietitian, #619-573-FS
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
CITIZENSHIP: Citizen of the United States
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
Bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria:
(a) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE); - AND -
(b) Completed an ACEND accredited or approved supervised practice program. Supervised practice programs are post-baccalaureate degree programs that provide supervised practice experiences which meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards of ACEND, formerly known as CADE. Completion of a coordinated program in dietetics fulfills the requirements of a supervised practice program. Time spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience.
Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
Note: You MUST provide a copy of your certification with your application package.
I have at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that involved planning and organizing work of considerable difficulty and responsibility; utilizing knowledge of food preparation and delivery systems within a healthcare environment; providing education and training programs; participating in research studies and performance improvement studies; and utilizing knowledge of the principles and practices of clinical dietetics to plan, develop and coordinate nutrition interventions.
I have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education in an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field.
I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in the field of dietetics or closely related field.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:
1.Knowledge of best practices in the dietetics profession and in scientific literature, including knowledge of research methods, study design, data collection, interpretation of findings, and translation of results into nutrition practice.
2.Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.
3.Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.
4.Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.
5.Knowledge of the principles and practices of nutrition care and the treatment of complex cases in clinical settings in order to develop, implement and coordinate best practices in the dietetics profession (e.g. assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation).
6.Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.
7.Ability to act as a consultant for health care providers including registered dietetic technician, dietetic interns, nurses, physician, medical students, and allied health professionals.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G20 Dietitian Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
: Work involves light physical effort with occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 10 pounds, sitting, standing or walking for extended periods of time. Reaching and bending only occasionally
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Department Of Veterans Affairs