Medical Nutrition Therapist

Main Line Health, Inc. Philadelphia , PA 19107

Posted 2 months ago

Main Line Health is suburban Philadelphia's most comprehensive health care resource with over 11,000 employees, offering a full range of medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, psychiatric and emergency services. Composed of five hospitals, a medical research institute, physician practices and other specialized facilities and services. Recognized as a Magnet system Main Line Health is committed to the highest standards of patient care, education and research.

Lankenau Medical Center, a 331-bed not-for-profit acute care teaching hospital and medical center, is conveniently located in Wynnewood, PA, just outside the western city limits of Philadelphia, on a magnificent 93-acre campus including its own farm. Lankenau has been recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for excellence in patient outcomes, patient safety and patient satisfaction. U.S. News & World Report ranked Lankenau as one of the Top 5 hospitals in the Philadelphia region and one of the Top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Hospital has received Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the nation's highest award for recognizing excellence in nursing care.

Lankenau is a Level II Trauma Center and in 2013, opened the Heart Pavilion, a world-class facility for cardiac care. We have made it our mission to provide patients with a superior patient experience. This translates to the consistent delivery of safe, high quality clinical care in the absence of preventable harm.

Why Work at Lankenau Medical Center?

We are committed to providing exceptional care with empathy and compassion for people at all stages in life. Our Diversity, Respect and Inclusion Initiative celebrates our differences and our similarities. Ultimately, we want everyone to feel respected for who they are. Our physicians and employees speak highly of the work environment at Main Line Health. The hospital has been recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top ten "Best Places to Work" in the Delaware Valley and also ranked among Modern Healthcare's top 100 places in the nation to work in healthcare. With a history spanning more than 150 years, it's one of the region's most honored and respected academic healthcare institutions.

Turn your job into a career by joining Main Line Health!

Lankenau Medical Center has an immediate opening for a Medical Nutrition Therapist!

The Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapist assumes responsibility for Outpatient Nutrition Therapy/Counseling services. S/he follows the standards, policies and procedures of Main Line Health. Utilizing the principles of growth and development over the life span of these patients, the Counselor will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide age-appropriate care and education

ESSENTIAL ACCOUNTABIITIES:

  • PRIMARY FUNCTIONS

NUTRITION THERAPIST/COUNSELOR/EDUCATOR

  • Functions as outpatient medical nutrition therapist by:

  • Coordinating the outpatient nutrition therapy/counseling services at specified MLH hospital campus.

  • serving as primary therapist/counselor/instructor.

  • conducting outpatient classes related to the designated nutritional program and other conditions requiring nutritional intervention.

  • Assists in facilitating Support Group if applicable.

2.Maintains library of nutrition patient/family education material.

3.Provides direct and indirect care to the patient requiring medical nutrition therapy or designated nutritional education by:

  • providing instructional guidance to clients/families (1:1 or group class).

  • providing follow-up care and support for clients, if required.

  • Monitors patient and/or family member to assure adequate knowledge/ skill in performing a specified task.

  • Responsible for documentation in medical records in accordance with the ADA professional guidelines and the designated nutritional program guidelines for program certification.

CONSULTANT

  • Provides consultation regarding medical nutrition therapy education to colleagues, allied personnel, physicians and consumers with Main Line Health and the community.

  • Confers and plans with members of the healthcare team to enhance total outpatient management.

  • Contributes to changes in Department and organizational policies and procedures.

  • Evaluates new products related to medical nutrition therapy in relationship to efficacy, cost-saving benefit and ease of usage and implements change when appropriate.

  • ORGANIZATIONAL/DELEGATIONAL

  • Complies with Main Line Health and unit-specific standards, established policies and procedures.

  • Participates in and supports the quality assessment and improvement program.

  • Works with customers to understand their needs and concerns, and those of the surrounding communities.

  • Meets commitments to customers.

  • Takes responsibility to ensure high-quality care and service.

  • Makes decisions consistent with the organization's vision and values.

  • Prioritizes responsibilities centered around the needs of the patient, managing time to achieve maximum productivity.

  • Focuses on the activities that provide value to both our customers and the Main Line Health System.

  • Sees tasks through to completion in a timely, efficient and professional manner.

  • Aligns own work with organizational goals and ethical standards.

  • Actively supports decisions once they are made.

  • Accepts responsibility for own actions and actions of the team.

  • Assists other team members to facilitate successful operation of the unit.

  • Understands and utilizes the unique contributions of team members; effectively addressing any difficult interpersonal situation.

  • Observes and reports any unusual situations, reactions, effects or conditions related to the patient's health and welfare, in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrates cost-conscious behavior by efficient utilization of resources

  • COMMUNICATION/DOCUMENTATION

  • Maintains proper communication with patients, families, all care team members and ancillary departments.

  • Interprets mission, philosophies and policies of Main Line Health to clients, families and others.

  • Follows proper channels of communication.

  • Communicates pertinent information to the appropriate personnel regarding changes in unit/ client conditions.

  • Listens carefully before responding to a concern or recommendation.

  • Uses communication/interpersonal techniques/strategies with individuals that are intended to result in:

  • desired objectives/results.

  • perceived sense of satisfaction by the individual involved.

  • Expresses a difference in opinion in a constructive manner.

  • Responds to unacceptable behavior by:

  • addressing issue with staff member.

  • reporting incident.

  • documenting incident.

  • Gives positive feedback related to job performance to other staff members.

  • Participates in unit/department meetings related to patient care and/or unit function by:

  • contributing relevant information.

  • suggesting corrective action and/or potential solutions to identified problems.

  • Documents accurately and according to procedure:

  • in compliance with established guidelines and protocols.

  • using designated forms.

  • Observes all policies regarding patient rights and patient confidentiality.

  • Utilizes the computer appropriately.

  • CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS

Customer service standards will be met by practicing the following:

  • Establishing rapport with customers; introduce self and addressing customers in an appropriate manner.

  • Keeping customers informed; explaining delays so customers will be kept current on procedure/time issues.

  • Anticipating the needs of customers.

  • Encouraging customers to ask questions; avoiding the use of technical language or jargon.

  • Responding to customers' issues and concerns quickly.

  • Giving customers one's undivided attention; listening attentively and responding in an appropriate manner.

  • Acting in a courteous, considerate and professional manner.

  • Maintaining an awareness of the surroundings, ensuring the sound level does not disturb others.

  • OTHER ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • SAFETY

  • Promotes environmental safety.

  • Follows Body Substance Precautions (BSP).

  • Follows proper precautions as outlined in all Hospital Safety Manuals.

  • SELF DEVELOPMENT BEHAVIOR

  • Applies information gained from learning experiences.

  • Utilizes constructive criticism to effect a positive change in behavior.

  • Uses performance evaluation as a guide for self-improvement.

  • Seeks assistance/supervision when:

  • requested to perform an unfamiliar new task.

  • unsure of ability to perform.

  • Reports to work as scheduled and completes work in a timely manner.

  • Demonstrates an interest, enthusiasm and positive attitude toward job and others.

  • Adheres to departmental dress code, personal hygiene and maintains a professional appearance.

  • Attends and participates in mandatory inservice programs and departmental meetings.

  • Completes required unit-specific certifications/qualifications.

  • Maintains current Continuing Education Log.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all patient and staff information.

  • Performs other related activities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

  • BS required.

  • MS preferred.

Licensures & Certifications:

  • A current RD license to practice in Pennsylvania.

  • Specialized certification if applicable obtained within 24 months.

  • Maintains validation of current CPR training.

Experience:

  • Minimum of three years experience in related field required.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of teaching and management principles.

We offer competitive compensation and outstanding comprehensive benefits including tuition reimbursement, 403B matching savings plan, a pension plan, and a generous paid time off program. To be considered, please apply online with your resume at https://www.mainlinehealth.org/careers . Please refer to ID number 51460.

Applicants must certify that they have not used tobacco products or nicotine in any form in the 90-days prior to submitting an application to Main Line Health. This will be verified during pre-employment testing. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please no agency calls.

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