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Dietetic & Nutrition Spec II

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Texas Health & Human Services Commission San Antonio , TX 78245

Posted 2 months ago

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals?

Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission.

The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.Dietetic & Nutrition Spec II performs complex nutrition services work. Work involves providing training to staff and family members, assessing nutritional status of consumers using laboratory and anthropometric data to monitor nutritional status, planning special therapeutic menus modified for one or more nutrients and textures, serving as a member of Treatment Team and project teams, preparing reports, providing quality assurance monitoring of menu and nutrition services activities, and providing technical assistance.

Works under general supervision of the Dietetic & Nutrition Spec III (Director Clinical Nutrition Services), or designated supervisor, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. 1. Screens newly admitted patients for nutritional needs, performs advanced nutritional care for high-risk patients and documents the findings in the medical record.2. Interviews, counsels and trains patients, staff, and families on nutritional principles, modified diet plans and food selection to support achievement of the best nutrition care for patients. 3. Evaluates nutritional status of patients, and develops, implements, and evaluates nutritional care plans based on patient needs and expectations, evidenced based professional knowledge, standards, and professional experience. 4. Provides medical nutrition therapy that includes assessment, evaluation, and documentation. Documents nutrition assessments, consultations, quarterly reassessments, in medical record. Develops a medical nutrition care plan with goals, recommendations, and education. 5. Attends daily unit treatment team morning meetings/staffings, communicates important patient information to appropriate direct care staff, health care professionals and dietary staff. Functions as a member of the Treatment Team in developing care plans for patients at moderate to high nutritional risk. Works toward team consensus in supporting patient's goals.6. Develops and provides nutrition education programs for patients, patients' families, food service employees and San Antonio State Hospital (SASH) staff, observes meal service for quality standards. 7. Develops individualized complex therapeutic menus, modified in nutrients and/or texture, as needed to meet special medical and physical needs of consumers. May be required to calculate and evaluate enteral feedings. 8. Represents Clinical Nutrition Services on hospital committees in order to improve service to patients and staff, and to promote good nutrition. 9. Revises, updates and prints diet cards and snack labels. 10. Completes periodic administrative reports and audits, maintains current status in all required training. 11. Consults with food service department to provide accurate and timely information on menu changes, special diets and food textures. Approves menu changes for compliance with regulations and nutrient standards. 12. Develops and conducts in-service training for staff on nutrition principles, therapeutic diets, and related subjects upon request. Conducts quality assurance meal observations and diet accuracy. 13. Participates in Quality Assurance audits and on-going monitoring related to Nutrition Services, Meal Service, or other disciplines upon request. Assists in developing departmental policies and procedures. Maintains discipline registration and/or license as required. 14. Completes required training as required by agency policy, complies with departmental regulations. Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location. Knowledge Skills Abilities:
1.Theoretical and practical knowledge of food, nutrition and medical nutrition therapy for medical and psychiatric, mental health conditions and/or behavioral issues. 2. Knowledge of common drug, food and nutrient interactions which impact nutritional status and intervention. 3. Knowledge of the principals of food service management, food science sanitation, quantity food production, and time management and personnel management. 4. Knowledge of food and nutrition, including normal and therapeutic nutrition. 5. Knowledge of the Joint Commission requirements and other regulatory requirements for dietetic services. 6. Knowledge of food service standards and procedures, and food science principles. 7. Skill in providing nutrition care and medical nutritional therapy. 8. Skill in professional oral and written communication. 9. Functional skills and knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheets, printers and software programs, e-mail and how to electronically store files and documents on a computer. 10. Skill in interpretation of routine anthropometrical, clinical, biochemical and dietary data for nutrition assessment including developing nutrition goals & plans and recommendation for patients who need a variety of nutritional care; use of educational materials to provide training and counseling. 11. Ability to analyze laboratory data; to interview, counsel and educate psychiatric patients and patients' families. 12. Ability to provide in-service training for food service personnel. 13. Ability to counsel and train others in food and nutrition. 14. Ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition needs. 15. Ability to interact effectively with patients, families, and staff (face-to-face) on a daily basis. 16. Ability to work with various teams. 17. Ability to interpret regulations, policies, and procedures. 18. Ability to perform basic and complex math calculations. 19. Ability to develop and evaluate nutrition service plans and educational materials. 20. Ability to keep accurate records, to interpret and calculate modified diets and menu, related data, to analyze and solve work problems. 21. Ability to make nutritional care recommendations and effectively communicate patient needs to food service and medical staff, both orally and in writing. Registration or Licensure


Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Initial Selection Criteria:
1.Experience as a clinical dietitian for inpatient patients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics, psychiatric experience.2. Experience with electronic medical records, electronic patient menu system, Microsoft Office. Additional Information:

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility. Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.MOS Code:

Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68M, 65C, 230X, 98, 43DX, MED10.

All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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Dietetic & Nutrition Spec II

Expired Job

Texas Health & Human Services Commission