Registered Dietician – LTE
Purpose of the Position
The primary purpose of this job position is to work with the Dietary Department as Registered Dietitian/ Nutrition Specialist. Work with the facility Dietary Supervisor, and staff to plan, organize, develop and direct the overall nutrition services clinical program in accordance with current federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations that govern our facility, and as may be directed by the facility Nursing Home Administrator to assure quality nutritional services are being provided on a daily basis. Working directly with dietary staff and other departments to support the Dietary department and facility.
**This is a limited term position that will last about 6 months with an average of 20-30 working hours per week. No benefits will be offered with this position.
***Qualified candidate must be fully vaccinated or show proof of exemption.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Assume the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability of directing nutrition services related to resident clinical care.
• Assist in the interpretation of the department’s policies and procedures to employees, residents, visitors, government agencies, etc., as necessary.
• Make written oral reports/recommendations to the Nursing Home Administrator as necessary/required concerning the clinical operation of the Department.
• Assist the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Committee in developing and implementing plans of action to correct any food service deficiencies.
• Develop, implement, and maintain an ongoing quality assurance program for the Dietary Services Department related to clinical nutrition areas.
• Participate in facility state/federal surveys (inspections) as directed.
• Visit residents routinely to evaluate the quality of meals served, likes and dislikes, mealtimes, bedtime snacks, food substitutions, etc.
• Document dietary progress that are informative and descriptive of the services provided and of the resident’s response to the service.
• Maintain an adequate liaison with families and residents.
• Assist in developing diet plans for individual residents.
• Assist the Dietary Supervisor in planning menus, etc., as required.
• Review therapeutic and regular diet plans and menus to assure they follow the physician’s orders.
• Review the dietary requirements of each resident admitted to the facility and assist the attending physician in planning for the resident’s prescribed diet plan.
• Verify that residents are offered a nourishing snack at bedtime.
• Attend various committees of the facility as required and as appointed by the Nursing Home Administrator.
• Provide written and/or oral reports of the food services service programs and activities as required or as may be directed by such committee(s).
• Evaluate and implement recommendations from established committees as they may pertain to clinical nutrition areas of the food services program.
• Attend department head meetings, etc., as scheduled, or as may be called.
• Maintain a productive working relationship with other department supervisors and coordinate clinical food services to verify that clinical food services are met per resident need.
• Assist support services in developing, implementing, and conducting in-service training programs that relate to the Food Services Department.
• Attend and participate in continuing educational programs designed to keep you abreast of changes in your profession, as well as to maintain your license on a current status.
• Attend and participate in facility mandatory in-service training programs as scheduled (e.g., OSHA, TB, HIPAA, Abuse Prevention, etc.).
• Participate in completing; coding and revising of the Resident Assessment Instrument (MDS) to Verify the resident’s dietary needs are met.
• Using the Resident Assessment Instrument (MDS) and other authorized facility assessments, collaborate with the IDT in developing a written dietary plan of care in accordance with facility policy and State and Federal Regulations.
• Encourage the resident/family to participate in the development and review of the resident’s assessment and plan of care.
• Verify food services personnel are aware of the care plan and that care plans are used in planning daily food services for the resident.
• Review and revise care plans and assessments as necessary, but at least quarterly.
• Develop and maintain a good rapport with all services involved with the care plan to Verify that a team effort is achieved in developing the resident’s comprehensive plan of care.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
• Develop, conduct, and evaluate secondary nutrition education.
• Refer clients to other agencies.
• Assist with grant and program coordination.
• And other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Explain, demonstrate, and clarify to others established policies, procedures, and standards
• Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and calculating percentages, fractions, and decimals
• Maintain all relevant certifications
• Compare, count, differentiate, measure, sort, classify, compute, tabulate, and/or categorize data and/or information
• Assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and/or information
• Analyze data and information using established criteria to define consequences and consider and select alternatives
• Apply functional and situational reasoning by exercising judgement, decisiveness, and creativity in everyday routine and non-routine situations
• Use fine and gross motor skills to perform tasks such as operating a computer keyboard, telephone, photocopier, infant and adult scales, recumbent board, and tape measure
• Exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, involving lifting, carrying, kneeling, crouching, pushing and pulling
• Recognize and identify degrees of similarity and differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, odors, textures, etc. associated with objects, materials, and ingredients
• Safe and comfortable in respects to violence, noise, and disease
• On call for emergency situations.
Required Working Hours
Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm through training. Please note these hours are subject to change and additional hours may be needed or required – including working during weekend. Compensation for additional hours beyond normal working hours are subject to applicable state and federal regulations.
Education and Experience Requirements
Required: Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health, or another related field
3 years nutrition experience
Licenses/Certifications: Registered Dietician License
Wisconsin State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License
Preferred: Supervisory experience
Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.