Department Of Veterans Affairs Las Cruces , NM 88001
If you are an internal employee (i.e. permanent employee of the El Paso VA HCS), VA Agency Wide employee or other Federal employee, you should apply via announcement CBCI-10320905-18-ASY
The Clinical Dietitian 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.
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The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) 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 and VA regulations governing the practice of dietetics. The HBPC Clinical Dietitian will function independently in this setting and will be the only nutrition provider within the program. The Clinical Dietitian will provide assistance to physicians in providing appropriate therapeutic nutrition care for patients. The incumbent must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the cognitive, emotional and chronological maturation needs of the adult (18-65 years) and older adult(66 years or older) patient.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Assessing educational needs and providing nutrition counseling for individuals, family members and care givers, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, educational, and medical situation of the patient. Includes information regarding budgeting, menu planning, food purchasing and preparation, food storage and sanitation.
Evaluating achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family. Adapting nutrition education materials and counseling techniques to client's level of understanding, which frequently involves simplifying complex dietary restrictions.
Providing appropriate follow-up in accordance with patient's treatment goals, referring patients for outpatient counseling, community or home health service as appropriate.
Assisting in the education of dietetic students and interns. Planing learning experiences, teaching, and evaluating performance.
Participating in community projects and education as needed/assigned.
Documenting in the medical record, the education materials provided, the care plan determined by the provider and the client, an assessment of the client's comprehension level to the education given and the expected compliance.
Scheduling veterans for education classes using the electronic VistA Scheduling package according to procedures and directives governing the scheduling of veterans for appointments.
Serving on station committees as assigned.
Work Schedule: 0800 - 1645
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
75% or less - You are expected to travel up to 75% of the time for this position to provide direct patient care in home setting in the service are covered by El Paso and possibly Las Cruces HBPC.
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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education and Supervised Practice
The individual must have earned a 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
(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, formally 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
territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to
determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or
university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for
verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements.
The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S.
regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an
ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known
as the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Advanced Level Practice Dietitians must possess a
minimum of one advanced practice credential relevant to the area of practice, (e.g. Certified Nutrition
Support Clinician (CNSC), Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR), Board Certified
Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG),Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), or Board Certified
Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO)).
required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
Grade Determinations: GS-11 Dietitian (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience or Education. At least 1 year of experience as a registered dietitian equivalent to the
next lower grade level, or education equivalent to 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate
education, or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in the field
of dietetics or closely related field.
(b) Assignment. Employees at this grade level serve as staff dietitians at the full performance level.
Registered dietitians are responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutrition
care activities (e.g., food service and/or clinical nutrition). Registered dietitians serve as important
members of the interdisciplinary team of care providers, and focus on offering exceptional nutrition care
and guidance to optimize health. Registered dietitians work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals,
outpatient centers, residential treatment programs and patient homes. They are responsible for using
evidence-based approaches to develop menus, counsel patients and provide nutrition care.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
Ability to comply with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities.
Ability to develop and maintain a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies.
Knowledge of computer software programs relative to food service systems.
In addition to the KSAs identified in subparagraph 1 above, candidates for clinical nutrition positions must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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).
Knowledge of best practices in areas of clinical nutrition and the ability to apply nutrition interventions to patients with multiple co-morbidities.
Ability to act as a consultant for health care providers including registered dietetic technicians, dietetic interns, nurses, physicians, medical students, and allied health professionals
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G20
The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 11 to 11.
Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 2 hours); Standing (up to 1 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hours); Operation of motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted)
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application.
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.