Job Description

Location: Steward Medical Group - North
Posted Date: 11/19/2021

Summary:

Under the Direction of the Diabetes Program Coordinator, and as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, screens/levels patients for nutritional risk, assess nutritional status and develops/implements nutrition care plans for identified patients considering individual and age-specific requirements.

The Diabetes & Nutrition Center Outpatient Clinical Dietician reports to the Program Coordinator, Diabetes & Nutrition Center and collaborates with the Medical Director of Endocrinology and the Diabetes Program Director at SHCN.

  • The Outpatient Clinical Dietician monitors and evaluates effectiveness of nutrition care plans and revises care plans as needed.
  • Provides age-specific nutrition/diet/food-drug education to patients and/or family/caregivers consistent with the patient’s stage of learning top optimize patient compliance and outcomes.
  • Teaches Diabetes self-management classes and participates in annual review of program material and curriculum.
  • Provides for continuity of care and includes plans for follow up as appropriate utilizing resources as needed (health care team members and other providers, social service programs, etc.).
  • Documents all nutrition interventions and maintains paperwork consistent with department and regulatory agency requirements. Provides copy of documentation to referring healthcare provider.
  • Assists the Diabetes Program Coordinator in development, execution and documentation initiatives and stands of care.
  • Participates on medical center committees as assigned.
  • Develops. Selects/utilizes nutrition education materials that recognize ethic, cultural, and religious diversity. Confirms that materials are appropriate for patients’ level of education, etc.
  • Provides community nutrition education to interested groups as assigned.
  • Precepts dietetic interns as assigned.
  • Maintains active registration status. Maintains active Commonwealth of Massachusetts license. Maintain Certified Diabetes Educator credential.
  • Works collaboratively with RN, CDE’s, and Administrative Assistants in the Diabetes Center and Endocrinology Department Staff.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients, their families and other staff.
  • Monitor effectiveness of nutrition care plans in accordance with clinical section standards and revise care plans as needed to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Provides medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self-management training.

Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers, and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards.
  • Develops, documents and implements appropriate age-specific nutrition care plans for patients that contain objective, measurable goals. Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of care plans in accordance with clinical section’s standards, and revises care plan as needed to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Provides age-specific nutrition counseling to patients and/or families/care providers.
  • Educates and guides medical, nursing and nutrition staff on fundamental clinical nutrition principles.
  • Participates in and supports department’s/section’s QI activities, including participating in at least 1 QI project yearly.
  • Communicates with Diabetes Program Coordinator to keep him/her appraised of issues which may influence department/section function.
  • Contributes to department goals by participating in staff in services and department projects.
  • Considers age, cultural and religious practices when planning patient’s nutritional interventions.

Responsibilities/Non-Essential Functions:

  • Participates in assigned activities for SEMC to promote The George Tully III, MD, Diabetes & Nutrition Center.
  • Participates on/in Diabetes Care Program Educators meeting four times/year and local Diabetes Center Advisory board meetings two times/year.
  • Demonstrates initiative to increase knowledge and skills and/or professional status (certifications, degrees, etc.)
  • Adheres to all department sanitation practices and guidelines to prevent foodborne illness, possible spread of infection and to insure a safe and clean work environment.
  • Attends all staff meetings and Inservice programs as scheduled.
  • Orients, supervises and directs the work of Dietetic Interns as applicable. Effectively precepts dietetic interns.

Reporting Requirements:

  • Reports immediately to a manager/supervisor any patient complaint.
  • Reports directly to the Diabetes Program Coordinator any issue and/or complaint related to the Diabetes Center.

Accountability:

  • Accountable for maintaining the confidentiality and security of all hospital-related, medical staff-related and patient-related data and information.
  • Accountable to SEMC policies and procedures as applicable.
  • Accountable to all departmental policies and procedures, including those relating to infection control.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition required, Master’s Degree in Nutrition or Education preferred.
  • Minimum Experience: 3 years’ experience working with diverse patient populations in an ambulatory patient care setting preferred. Two years working in Outpatient diabetes education program.
  • Minimum skills/abilities: Mid-level clinical nutrition skills required
  • Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to perform prescribed duties effectively required.
  • Multilingual preferred; especially Spanish, Russian, Cantonese

Certification/Licensure:

  • Registered Dietician required
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts License required
  • Certified Diabetes Educator preferred and will be acquired within 6 months of hire

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer, Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

Additional Information

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Steward Medical Group is taking additional necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in safe, carefully managed environment – with confidence and without fear.

Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [three-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience.

  1. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families.
  2. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout our facilities.
  3. A strictly controlled visitor and mask policy is required for patient and colleague safety.

About Steward Health Care System:

Steward Health Care’s physician-led model was created to provide patient’s access to the highest-quality care at a sustainable cost, providing personalized, and coordinated ongoing medical services that positively impact patients’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Founded in 2010, Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest accountable care organization (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through its network of hospitals, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities, and behavioral health services. Steward received a perfect 100% quality rating by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2020.

Based in Dallas, Steward is the largest private, physician-led health care network and currently operates 39 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.

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