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Clinical Dietitian

Grade and Salary - Determined by a Professional Standards Board (commensurate with qualifications and experience).
Salary Ranges - See Qualifications Section for Grade Requirements:
GS-7:
$39,570 - $51,437 GS-9:
$48,403 - $62,920GS-11:
$58,562 - $76,131 The W.
G.
(Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center located in Salisbury, NC with satellite community based clinics in Charlotte, Hickory and Winston-Salem, announces one (1) full-time clinical dietitian position based in Salisbury, NC.
Positions assigned under Nutrition and Food Service Line.
The incumbent, will perform the following duties, as needed:
Nutritional Care:
1.
tConducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk.
2.
tDevelops and implements an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the patient's medical program goals and objectives.
Accurately obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care to determine risk, assess nutritional status and develop individual specialized care plans to simultaneously address several disease processes.
3.
tCalculates nutritional requirements (calories, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, electrolytes, fluid) and necessary diet restrictions or food/drug interactions.
Diet prescribed is tailored to each individual client's according to physical and metabolic needs and designs the nutritional treatment plan with consideration for psychosocial, behavioral, ethnic and cultural factors to obtain desirable outcomes and promote long term adherence to a medical nutritional care plan.
Nutrition Education:
1.
Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individuals and groups, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, educational, and medical situation of the patient.
Includes information regarding budgeting, menu planning, food purchasing and preparation, food storage and sanitation.
2.
Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family.
Adapts nutrition education materials and counseling techniques to client's level of understanding, which frequently involves simplifying complex dietary restrictions.
3.
Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with patient's treatment goals, referring patients for outpatient counseling, community or home health service as appropriate.
Business/Supervisory Functions:
1.
Maintains productivity standards and practices, effective time management, and prioritizing of tasks.
2.
Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing.
3.
Manages resources (time, materials, staff) in a cost-effective manner.
Quality Improvement/Research:
1.
Supports Performance Improvement activities by participating in the development of nutritional care indicators, evaluation criteria, collecting continuous quality improvement data, monitoring outcomes and initiating corrective actions.
2.
Participates in planning and developing nutrition-related policies, procedures, and goals.
3.
Stays abreast of current research in Nutrition related areas.
Analyzes and interprets nutrition related research related to patient care.
Participation as a Member of the Health Care Team:
1.
Serves as the nutrition expert on the interdisciplinary treatment team which includes physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals.
2.
Advises interdisciplinary health care team of nutritional recommendations, goals, and efficacy of nutrition therapy.
Discusses pertinent findings and interprets nutritional information which will assist the team in developing comprehensive patient treatment plans.
3.
Presents seminars, workshops, and lectures to convey current nutrition information on new and changing concepts.
This includes the development and participation of in-service educational programs directed to members of interdisciplinary teams, Nutrition and Food Service personnel, Nursing, and various students, interns, residents, etc.
Professional Development:
1.
t Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.
2.
tDevelops and implements an individualized plan for professional growth and development including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshops, seminars, and staff development programs.
3.
tParticipates in departmental and/or interdisciplinary meetings, task forces, and projects.
Performs other related duties as required.
Work Schedule:
, Monday - Friday (8:
00 a.
m.
- 4:
30 p.
m.
), weekend/holiday coverage maybe required.
Functional Statement Title/#:
Clinical Dietitian

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