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CLINICAL DIETITIAN (TRANSPLANT)

Transplant Services (Kidney Acquis-Cadavr Pre)

full-time

day

8:30AM TO 5:00PM

10035

FIRE/SAFETY CARD (must be presented within 30 days from DOH)
1-3 years of experience

 

Patients from around the world come to St. Vincent Medical Center to receive compassionate, healing care. Founded in 1856 as the first hospital in Los Angeles, St. Vincent is a 366-bed acute care facility and surgical specialty hospital, providing tertiary services for advanced medical diagnosis and treatment. Serving nearly 3 million residents in the downtown area, the medical center receives ongoing philanthropic support from generous individuals and organizations that align with its service to the community through the St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation.

GENERAL PURPOSE:

Under the direction of the Manager, Clinical Services, directs and coordinates provision of nutrition care to pre and post-operative transplant patients affiliated with the MOTC. This position is responsible for providing nutrition-related expertise to the interdisciplinary team and the patients of the MOTC.

MAJOR JOB OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Plans and assess on-going nutrition education needs of patients.
  • Reviews medical records of patients with specific nutritional problems.
  • Documents activities in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Plans and provides nutrition education to patients specific to the needs of the transplant patient population.
  • Ability to conduct group nutrition counseling for patients and significant others.
  • Serves as a consultant to the public, management and health care professionals on nutrition issues affecting health plans and programs.
  • Updates knowledge in nutrition through literature review and attendance at continuing education meetings and seminars.
  • Takes initiative by assuming responsibility for extra workload in response to departmental needs.
  • Does not require reminders of duties or tasks that need to be completed.
  • Arrives at meetings prepared, able to identify problems and potential solutions by checking with supervisor, communicating with other staff members and reviewing current nutrition practices.
  • Provide on-the –job training to co-workers, new workers, student workers and volunteers.
  • Participates in educational pursuits, supervision, time management activities and departmental activities to promote personal and professional growth. Monitors and evaluates the quality and appropriateness of patient care provided.
  • Recognizes scope of individual responsibilities and seeks guidance through appropriate channels.
  • Completes work that meets or exceeds the guidelines set by the department.
  • Demonstrates ability to prioritize work- related tasks.
  • Performs office duties to support the efficient operation of the department.
  • Updates professional knowledge by reviewing current literature and participating in professional organizations.
  • Ongoing education and training reflects learning needs identified in departmental competency requirement which includes but not limited to age/developmental stages issues and psychosocial/economic issues.
  • Participates in the department Competency Program and takes the corrective actions indicated in the event of an identified learning need.
  • Participates in the department performance improvement studies.
  • Uses verbal, nonverbal, and written communications skills that reflect professional work standards. Demonstrates knowledge of proper documentation.
  • Demonstrates effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills and maintains team harmony in goal achievement.
  • Able to work with all other professional, co-workers, etc. in a positive respectful manner during stressful and normal situations.
  • Communicates the goals and plans of nutrition care for patients to department staff and other members of the health care team.
  • Documents appropriate information in patient's medical record and profile card in a timely manner as stipulated in department policy and procedure.
  • Documents in clear concise language, the following when indicated: specific to age, developmental stage, diagnosis and disability of the patient, financial/social/emotional strengths and weaknesses as they relate to patient's current medical condition, patient's ability to manage his/her nutritional needs.
  • Consistently demonstrates an ability to work with patients, significant others and staff regardless or racial, ethnic, or sociological backgrounds.
  • Incorporates DOC Core Values into daily routine.
  • Adheres to the general hospital policies as they pertain to dress code, safety, timecards and attendance.
  • Supervision is done through meetings with the Manager Clinical Services and as indicated Medical Director MOTC to discuss problems and their solutions and the completion of goals and objectives.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

 

Education/Certification:

  • Los Angeles City Fire/Safety Card within 30 days of hire.
  • B.S. in Nutrition or Dietetics.
  • Registration with Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Maintenance of registration as demonstrated by 75 CEU credits every 5 years.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years healthcare experience.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current issues and ideas in the field of nutrition. Focus on Nutrition Therapy with the transplant patient population.
  • Knowledge of the principles of interviewing and counseling as pertinent to patient instruction and proper securement of information as to dietary habits.
  • Thorough and current knowledge of diet therapy and nutritional support.
  • Psychology of the ill and the effect on eating habits in all stages of the human life cycle.
  • Familiarity with the research process and current research in use in the field of nutrition.