We are looking for an experienced Clinical Pediatric Dietitian with at least two years of recent Pediatric hospital experience, ideally in a tertiary care facility. The incumbent works closely with the multidisciplinary team to provide patient care that is integrated and compatible with the patient-focused medical goals and objectives.
Key Role Accountabilities
- Conducts a nutrition assessment when warranted by a patient’s needs or conditions.
- Performs relevant anthropometric and body composition measurements may include and not limited to height, length, weight, head circumference, knee height and mid-upper arm circumference.
- Reviews dietary intake for factors that affect health conditions and nutritional risk.
- Supervises dietetic technician’s data collection activities.
- Evaluates health and disease condition for nutrition-related consequences.
- Evaluates psychosocial, functional, and behavioral factors related to food access, selection, and preparation; physical activity; and understanding of health condition.
- Evaluates patient/client/group’s knowledge, readiness to learn, and potential for changing behaviors.
- Calculates estimated nutritional requirements based on approved best practice guidelines by which intake will be compared.
- Identifies possible problem areas for making nutrition diagnoses.
- Observes client/patient for nonverbal and verbal cues that can guide and prompt effective interviewing methods.
- Determines appropriate data to collect.
- Selects assessment tools and procedures (matching the assessment method to the situation) and applies assessment tools in valid and reliable ways.
- Distinguishes relevant from irrelevant data and important from unimportant data, and validates the data.
- Organizes and categorizes the data in a meaningful framework that relates to nutrition problems.
- Determines when a problem requires consultation with or referral to another provider.
- Finds patterns and relationships among the data and possible causes for the nutrition problem.
- Prioritizes the relative importance of problems for patient/client/group safety.
- Documents the nutrition diagnostic statement in PES (problem, etiology, and signs/symptom) or PE format.
- Formulates and determines a plan of action that is focused on the etiology of the problem and known to be effective based on best current knowledge and evidence from Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guidelines.
- Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling based on individual needs, including nutrient requirements, knowledge and abilities, and medical, economic, and social situation.
- Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family. Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with the patient’s treatment goals, referring patients for community or home health services as appropriate.
- As needed, delegates or coordinates nutrition plan of care with other healthcare professionals.
- Confers with patient/client/group, other caregivers or policies, and program standards in developing the intervention(s).
- Defines the intervention plan by writing the nutrition prescription and defining the time and frequency of care including intensity, duration, and follow-up.
- Identifies resources and/or referrals needed.
- Implements the nutrition intervention, including communicating the plan of nutrition care.
- Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with the patient’s treatment goals, referring patients for outpatient counseling and community or home health services as appropriate.
- Collects data and modifies the plan of care as needed.
Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation
- Utilizes monitoring and evaluation techniques that consider the varied needs of age-specific populations as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns.
- Monitors progress through checking patient/client/group understanding and compliance with plan; determines whether the intervention is being implemented as prescribed; provides evidence that the plan/intervention strategy is or is not changing patient/client/group behavior or status; identifies other positive or negative outcomes; gathers information indicating reasons for lack of progress; and supports conclusions with evidence.
- Measures outcomes through selecting outcome indicators that are relevant to the nutrition diagnosis or signs or symptoms, nutrition goals, medical diagnosis, and outcomes and quality management goals and use of standardized indicators. Evaluates the effectiveness and measures progress toward outcomes of nutrition interventions.
- Evaluates outcomes by comparing current findings with previous status, intervention goals, and/or reference standards.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics or
- Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics or
- Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Masters or postgraduate Degree in Dietetics
5+ years of relevant experience inclusive of 2 years Pediatric experience