Employer: Mission Community Hospital
Location: Panorama City, California – just outside of Los Angeles
Supervisor will negotiate hours

Please send resume to Lisa Melchior: Lmelchior@mchonline.org
For Inquiries phone: 818-371-3098

Mission Community Hospital – Job Description

Food and Nutritional Services


Registered Dietitian

Position Summary

The Dietitian is responsible for the clinical nutritional care, education and dietary needs of all patients. Keeps abreast and shares the latest nutrition health information with staff, especially the Food Services Director, in accordance with Joint Commission and Title 22 standards. This position will be working primarily with adults and geriatrics.

Major Responsibilities


Clinical – 90%

  • The Registered Dietitian (RD) is responsible for assessing those identified patients’ nutritional status within defined time frames. This includes overseeing that the proper priority level is given to patients that are completed by the DTR. The RD calculates the nutritional need of high-risk patients (i.e., diabetic, enteral/parental, etc.) and ensures that these needs are being met. The RD is able to assess and guide the nutritional needs of all ages, including children, pregnant and lactating mothers, adults and the elderly.
  • In addition to initial assessment, the RD re-assesses patients in a timely manner, according to their nutrition risk level. Follows up on recommendations made on the patient to the physician.
  • The RD is accountable for counseling patients and their families, where applicable in food and drug interaction and nutrition education of therapeutic diets. Adapts food choices to prescribed diet to meet cultural and religious needs of patients.  Documents the patient’s barriers to learning, previous knowledge of diet, a method of teaching and patient’s understanding on the Multidisciplinary Education Form.
  • As an active member of the multidisciplinary patient care team, the Registered Dietitian participates in weekly patient rounds.  Documents patient nutritional care plan on the care plan form.  As part of this process, the Registered Dietitian communicates nutritional concerns of patients and assures that any related concerns are handled in an expedient manner.

 

Quality/Performance Improvement – 5%

  • The RD is active in departmental Performance Improvement Activities. S/he submits PI statistics within a timely manner. Additionally, the RD assists the FSD in demonstrating continual improvements or stable processes.


Food Service – 2%

  • The dietitian may assist with other related tasks as requested. For example, the RD ensures kitchen and unit galleys meet JCAHO and DHS standards.  This involves inspecting cold and dry storage facilities.  Completes inspection form and reviews findings with FSD and FSS.  May be needed to pick up food for a patient at a local store.
  • May need to assist patients with menu selections

Miscellaneous/Other – 3%

  • The RD is responsible for providing excellent customer service skills and confidentiality to patients and their families, physicians, co-workers, and employees outside of the department.
  • In terms of Human Resources and education of employees, the RD assists in education of support staff as needed.  Also, the RD consults with the Food Service Director and Food Service Supervisor to conduct in-service education of department staff in areas of need.
  • With regards to Information Systems, the RD assures that proper information is relayed within and between departments.  The RD documents patient care meetings, assures confidentiality of patients’ medical records, and confirms HBOC diet reports are accurate.

 

Qualifications

Required

Prefer one year experience in a clinical setting

  • Active registration status as a Registered Dietitian in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Fire Card – to be obtained within 90 days of hire


Preferred

  • Two years as an RD is highly desired.