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Clinical Nutrition Manager

Dietary

Full Time

Day - 8 hours

11419

Registered Dietitian

 

St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the communities of Southeast Los Angeles. Our vision is to be a values-driven integrated health care delivery system in collaboration with those who share our values. We operate a 384-bed acute care hospital and one of the largest and busiest private emergency trauma centers in Los Angeles County -- treating more than 84,000 children and adults each year. Last year, more than 5,000 babies were born at SFMC's Family Life Center, with 875 babies cared for in our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Center. We are a Primary Stroke Care Center and STEMI Receiving Center, both of which are approved by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

General Purpose:

Responsible to direct the functions of clinical nutrition services (such as nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling/consultation, performance improvement), and the management of the clinical nutrition team to ensure high quality nutritional care is provided to patients/residents. Ensures patient satisfaction, quality care, regulatory agency compliance, and good public relations are achieved through the safe and efficient use of resources.

MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  List in order of importance the major duties and responsibilities required for this position and the percent of time spent on each duty. Total must add to 100%.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: Establishes goals and oversees implementation of clinical nutrition care based upon facility's medical direction and patient population. Hires, leads, directs, coaches, trains, and develops clinical nutrition team members. Fosters team work and establishes effective strategies to implement innovative programs which leads to optimal clinical nutrition and financial outcomes. Evaluates clinical team staff according to departmental policy and takes appropriate action as necessary. Monitors competence, productivity and documentation accuracy of clinical staff utilizing necessary tools and resources. Assigns and directs the workload of the clinical nutrition staff. Participates in staffing analysis to ensure adequate staffing in collaboration with the Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager and/or the Director of Clinical Support. Evaluates and coordinates hospital nutrition formulary. Oversees systems and processes to ensure the strategic and operational objectives of the client for the department are met. Complies with federal, state and local health and sanitation regulations and department sanitation procedures. Complies with regulatory standards, including federal, state and accrediting agencies as evidenced by successful completion of surveys with no deficiencies. Completes all required documentation, reports and logs in a timely, professional and thorough manner. Follows facility and department infection control policies and procedures. Adheres to facility confidentiality, HIPAA and patient rights policies. Plans regular and modified menus based on current diet manual in collaboration with the food service management team. Visits patients on assigned nursing unit(s) and directs clinical staff to help ensure every patient is visited by a member of the management or professional team at least once during their hospital stay. Ensures clinical staff's assistance in achieving patient satisfaction goals. Participates in facility-wide and directs departmental Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program and participates on QAPI teams to improve processes and patient care. Communicates facility, department, Morrison Healthcare TouchPoint and Compass information at staff meetings, group presentations and through written memos. Leads and/or participates in departmental meetings, staff development, and professional programs, as appropriate. Participates in meetings where departmental goals are established and implements assigned action plan to achieve expected outcomes. Reads, customizes and enforces compliance with all policies and procedures of the facility, Morrison Healthcare TouchPoint and Compass as appropriate. Projects and practices consistent ownership attributes, which provide a high level of customer service at all points of contact. Provides medical nutrition therapy when necessary such as in the absence of the clinical dietitian. Incorporates current evidence-based research into practice. Assesses the nutritional status of neonates/ infants, pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric patient through documentation in the medical record. Uses parameters such as anthropometric measurements, nutrition focused nutritional assessment and interpretation of laboratory values. Develops, revises and individualizes nutrition care plan based on information from the patient, medical record, family and health care team members. Makes recommendations for patient care based upon guidelines as outlined in the current diet manual. Communicates effectively with all team members, patients and families through conferences, individual consultation and committee participation. This includes in-person, telephone, written, and electronic communication. Utilizes physician/referring practitioner-driven protocols or other facility-specific processes to implement, initiate or modify order for diet or nutrition-related actions (e.g. nutrition supplements, dietary supplements, diet modifications, diet texture modifications for dentition or individual preferences, nutrition-related laboratory tests and medications, and nutrition education and counseling) consistent with specialized training where required, competence and approved clinical privileges and organization policy. Utilizes physician/referring practitioner-driven protocols or other facility-specific processes to manage nutrition support therapies (e.g., enteral and parenteral formula selection and rate adjustments based on energy needs or laboratory results, addition of designated medications and vitamin/mineral supplements to parenteral nutrition solutions or supplemental water for enteral nutrition, and placement of feeding tubes) consistent with specialized training where required, competence and approved clinical privileges and organization policy. Develops and directs programs/services in an organized, collaborative, and customer-centered manner. Participates in or develops process for ordering privileges required for expanded roles and enhanced activities consistent with federal and state practice acts. Complies with Morrison Healthcare/TouchPoint's production, safe handling and quality food standards related to patient food and clinical nutrition areas. Maintains a clean, sanitary working environment. Follows facility, department, Morrison Healthcare/TouchPoint and Compass safety policies and procedures to include occurrence reporting. Wears name tag identification and is aware of role in minimizing security incidents. Follows the facility's protocols for Hazardous Materials and Waste Program. Adheres to Emergency Preparedness Program. Participates in disaster drills as appropriate. Adheres to Life Safety Program and participates in fire drills as appropriate. Responds to utility failures per department policy and adheres to Lock-out/Tag­out policies where appropriate. Performs other tasks that may be assigned.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education/Certification:

Two (2) years of experience in healthcare as a Registered Dietitian, preferred.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Registered Dietitian (Commission on Dietetic Registration). State Licensure, as required

Computer Skills: Possesses necessary skills to effectively operate the hospital's electronic medical record system. Ability to operate a standard computer, including basic use of MS applications such as Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Work Experience:

Language Skills:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to medical staff, healthcare professionals, top management, public groups.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

Computer Skills: Possesses necessary skills to effectively operate the hospital's electronic medical record system. Ability to operate a standard computer, including basic use of MS applications such as Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Physical: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.