The Dietitian role is to assure quality nutritional care of patients and their families with chronic renal disease.
Assist with clinical and operational processes to improve patient health and minimize hospitalizations and missed treatments.
Actively participate and assist with the pre-ESRD program.
Demonstrate effective use of supplies.
Perform duties as assigned to meet the patient care or operational needs of the clinic.
Recommend therapeutic diets in consideration of cultural and/or personal preferences and changes in treatment based on the patient's nutritional needs in consultation with the patient's physician.
Answer questions and discuss problems with dialysis patients when excessive weight-gain occurs, or when other instances of suspected dietary non-compliance occurs.
Design and distribute educational materials concerning diet for the dialysis patient, conduct seminars and classes for dialysis patients concerning aspects of their diets.
Perform regularly scheduled evaluations of standard menus for renal patients, revising and/or updating menus as necessary, and participate in monthly interdisciplinary patient care conference.
Assist patients in obtaining dietary supplements as appropriate.
Provide ongoing monitoring of data to determine need for timely intervention and follow-up.
Assist with program's target goals for patient outcomes in accordance with quality patient care and Company goals.
Knowledge of and comply with federal, state, local laws and regulations, including health care professionals practice act requirements.
Perform duties at all times within limitations established by and in accordance with company policy and procedures, applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
Must perform initial assessments in accordance with state regulations.
Nutrition reassessments shall be conducted in accordance with state guidelines or more often if indicated.
Participate as a member of the Interdisciplinary team in all required patient assessment and care planning activities.
Help maintain a productive quality assurance program and participate in the center's quality assurance activities.
Assure follow-up progress notes are written in each patient's records each month.
Assure documentation corresponding with the patient's care plan is noted on a monthly basis or as needed.
Use personal protective equipment as necessary.
Be familiar withall emergency operational procedures.
Counsel patients, and patients' families on prescribed diets and monitoring adherence and response to diet therapy.
Refer patients for assistance with nutrition resources such as financial assistance, community resources or in-home assistance.
Attend and participate in the monthly Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) activities.
Maintain collaborative working relationship with Medical Director and physicians.
Establish and maintain a positive relationship with area nursing homes, hospitals, agencies, vendors and the community as applicable.
Actively promote GUEST customer service standards; develop effective relationships at all levels of the organization.
Participate in staff meetings as required. Attend in-service and continuing education offerings in compliance with company policy and procedure.
Educate staff and provide inservice training in relation to patient dietary care.
Lead staff in team concepts and promote a team effort.
Must have Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, or Food.
Minimum of one year experience in clinical nutrition as a Registered Dietitian required.
Current Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) certification showing proof registered with Commission of Dietetic Registration.
Current Dietitian (LD/LDN) license in applicable state is required unless employed in the state of AZ, CA, CO, MI, or NJ. State certification (Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist) required in CT, IN, NY and VA. License must be maintained as current and in good standing.
Demonstrated working knowledge of the English language and ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
Must have basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); proficiency in all USRC clinical applications required within 90 days of hire.
Must meet any practice requirement(s) for the applicable state.
U.S. Renal Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veteran.
DSI Renal, Inc