Under the direction of the Diabetes Progam Coordinator, and as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, screens/levels patients for nutritional risk, assesses nutritional status, and develops/implements nutrition care plans for identified patients considering individual and age-specific requirements.
Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of nutrition care plans, and revises care plans as needed.
Provides age-specific nutrition/diet/food-drug education to patients and/or family/care givers consistent with the patient's stage of learning to optimize patient compliance and outcomes.
Assesses patients appropriate to age and consistent with clinical section's assessment standards and other evidence-based practice guidelines.
Develops, documents, and implements appropriate age-specific nutrition care plans for patients that contain objective, measurable goals. Monitors and evaluates effectiveness of care plans in accordance with clinical section's standards, and revises care plan as needed to achieve therapeutic goals.
Teaches Diabetes self management classes and participates in annual review of program material and curriculum.
Provides medical nutrition therapy and diabetes self management training.
Provides for continuity of care and includes plans for follow up as appropriate utilizing resources as needed (health care team members and other providers, social service programs, etc.).
Documents all nutrition interventions and maintains paperwork consistent with department and regulatory agency requirements, Provides copy of documentation to referring healthcare provider.
Assists the Diabetes Program Coordinator in development, execution, and documentation inititatives and standards of care.
Communicates with Diabetes Progam Coordinator to keep him/her appraised of issues which may influence department/section function.
Participates on in Steward Diabetes Care Program Educators meetings four times per year and local Diabetes Center Advisory board meetings twice per year.
Develops/selects/utilizes nutrition education materials that recognize ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity. Confirms that materials are appropriate for patients level of education, etc.
Considers age, cultural, and religious practices when planning patient's nutritional interventions.
Provides community nutrition education to interested groups as assigned.
Provides superior customer service to internal and external clients, customers,
and patients as referenced in the Service Excellence Standards.
Educates and guides medical, nursing and nutrition staff on fundamental clinical nutrition principles.
Participates in and supports department's/section's QI activities, including participating in at least 1 QI project yearly.
Participates on medical center committees as assigned.
Contributes to department goals by participating in staff inservices and department projects.
Participates in assigned activities for SEMC to promote The George Tully III, MD Diabetes Care Center.
Demonstrates initiative to increase knowledge and skills and/or professional status (certifications, degrees, etc.)
Adheres to all department sanitation practices and guidelines to prevent foodborne illness, possible spread of infection, and to insure a safe and clean work environment.
Attends all staff meetings and inservice programs as scheduled.
Orients, supervises, and directs the work of Dietetic Interns as applicable. Effectively precepts Dietetic Interns.
- Bachelor's degree in Nutrition.
- Masters degree in Nutrition or Education (preferred).
- Registered Dietitian – Required.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts License (preferred)
- Certified Diabetes Educator (preferred, mandatory within 6 months of employment).
- 3 yrs experience working with diverse patient populations in an ambulatory patient care setting (preferred).
- 2 years working in Outpatient diabetes educator program.
- Mid-level clinical nutrition skills (mandatory).
- Interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to perform prescribed duties effectively (mandatory). Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients, families and other staff.
- Basic computer skills : Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Multilingual (prefereed) – especially Spanish, Russian, Cantonese.