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Wellforce Clinical Dietitian in Lowell, Massachusetts

The Clinical Dietitian performs/supervises services in a designated area according to the policies, procedures, philosophy, and objectives of the department and hospital. Works cooperatively within department and other services to create a system of quality health care.

  • Consistently meets the standards of the Nutrition Care Plan Guidelines for screening patients’ charts and leveling care plan.

  • Demonstrates the ability to accurately assess patient’s needs using organizational standards of care/practice guidelines.

  • Consistently check diet orders received to those in the medical record and notifies nursing promptly when discrepancies exist.

  • Develops interventions to maintain or improve nutritional status.

  • Accurately determines macronutrient and fluid needs for nutrition support (parenteral and enteral) and assesses and reassesses the adequacy and tolerance of the formula

  • Identifies and educates on food-drug interactions, and makes necessary therapeutic changes to prevent interactions.

  • Accurately calculates therapeutic diets with consideration to patient’s religious, cultural, social and economic circumstances and preferences.

  • Documents in the medical record using Nutrition Assessment forms and DARP notes for clear, concise communication of nutritional care.

  • Monitors nutritional problems such as chewing and swallowing, patients with poor appetite or PO intake, and those patients in hypermetabolic states.

  • Performs and documents diet instructions for all modified diets, using approved instructional materials and methods.

  • Coordinates and develops educational material and submits to the Chief Clinical Dietitian for approval.

  • Conducts clinical and departmental inservices as assigned.

  • Productivity sheets are updated daily and submitted monthly.

  • Completes one test tray monthly and follows up accordingly with appropriate staff.

  • Actively participates in weekly patient continuity of care rounds.

  • Completes Performance Improvement activities and submits monthly.

  • Maintains current registration with the American Dietetic Association and maintains Professional Development Portfolio Guide.