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Beth Israel Lahey Health NUTRITION CLERK in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Type: Per Diem

Time Type: Part time

Work Shift: Day (United States of America)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

Job Type:

Per Diem

Scheduled Hours:


Work Shift:

Day (United States of America)

Patients receive the correct nutrition for their medical needs based on correct, updated menus and requests.

Job Description:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  1. Provides direction to patient service attendants in menu collection on assigned units.

  2. Utilizing the patient kardex and menu correction guidelines, corrects menus with 85-90% accuracy according to the prescribed diet order, taking into account therapeutic meal plans, patient food allergies, dietitians' instructions in the kardex, and patient preferences. Labels patient meals.

  3. Opens and closes the nutrition care area for business.

  4. Communicates daily to the supervising dietitian regarding patients' nutritional status, diet comprehension, and ability to select own menu and/or make appropriate food choices when read to.

  5. Participates in training of new Dietary Office personnel.

  6. Oversees the patient tray line to ensure quality control of food and clinical accuracy of the tray. Checks tray line for a minimum of 90% accuracy.

  7. Consistently completes temperature and taste log of assigned tray line prior to each meal. Tastes two items. Communicates with the Food Services Supervisor or cooks concerning unacceptable products.

  8. Updates patient menus accurately according to diet order prior to each meal service, including computer notices, after diet census is run.

a. Maintains fewer than one incident report or one to two nursing complaints of errors in one year.

b. Records meal counts consistently.

  1. Monitors telephone and computer for diet changes, new admissions, late trays, and requests.

a. Carries out late tray requests and records on late tray log in a timely manner

b. Returns immediately to the Nutrition Office after bringing out to the Kitchen.

  1. Prints patient census, computer reports, and labels at assigned times. Accurately updates nourishment labels prior to each feeding.

  2. Tallies patient menus with 90% accuracy for communication to food production area.

  3. Communicates directly with Nursing personnel and unit secretaries regarding changes and/or problems with patient orders.

  4. Communicates directly with Dietary personnel regarding the provision of late trays.

  5. Participates in the ordering of various office supplies within budgetary constraints when assigned.

  6. Updates tube feeding recipes accurately.

  7. Distributes nutrition information sheets to all patients who can read them.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent.

  2. Some knowledge of the nutrition field, which can be learned on the job.

  3. Ability to communicate with patients, Food Services personnel, and Nursing staff.

  4. Ability to add and subtract for menu correction.

Physical Requirements & Environment:

  1. Moderate degree of noise due to computer and daily basement activities.

  2. Occasional exposure to extreme cold and/or heat.

  3. Frequently walks to and from other buildings and the Main Kitchen.

  4. Stands for over one hour while checking the tray line.

  5. Sits for long periods.

FLSA Status:


As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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