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Clinical Dietician

Department Description: Bowdoin Street Health Center located in Dorchester, MA provides primary specialty services to a culturally and linguistically diverse population. Bowdoin Street is a NCQA recognized patient centered medical home and provides team based care which includes nursing care management for our highest risk patients. Nurse care managers support the medical home teams and provide education, support, transitional and long term care management. Populations include those with chronic, unstable disease conditions.

This position incorporates nutrition services for both adult and pediatric patients. Nutrition services are included as part of our wellness center programming and includes teaching cooking classes. Participation in diabetes group visits are an essential

This is a full-time 40 hour position Mon-Fri with 2 evenings until 7:00pm and rotating Saturdays 9am-1pm.

This position is Grant Funded.

Job Location: Dorchester, MA

Req ID: 30460BR

Job Summary: Provides optimal nutritional care to outpatients through assessing nutritional needs and develops customized nutrition care plans using the nutrition care process. Collaborates with all clinical dietitians, patient food service managers and other health care providers as needed regarding patient care.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Provides nutrition counseling to individuals by reviewing past medical history, obtaining diet history, completing nutritional assessment and determining appropriate intervention and recommendations with the patient. Demonstrates appropriate knowledge of the principles of growth and development from adolescent, adult and through the geriatric stages of the life span.
  2. Uses patient education materials as approved by the department for individuals and groups. Assists in developing patient education materials, clinical forms, policies and procedures. Assists in establishing standards of care for patients.
  3. Complies with all BIDMC patient scheduling requirements such as entering patient appointments in CCC, obtaining referrals for nutrition visits from physicians, collecting copays, entering visit ticket entry and using appropriate ICD codes for billing and reimbursement.
  4. Serves as preceptor for dietetic interns during their medical nutrition therapy rotations. Provides feedback for program improvement and performs intern evaluations in a timely manner. Teaches classes as needed. May also serve as preceptor to other students or health care members. Maintains open communication with nutrition staff, referring physicians and the public.
  5. Maintains records of nutritional care and documents notes on all patient visits in web OMR for initial and follow up notes according to department and hospital policies.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree in Nutrition required.
  2. License Lic. Dietitian/Nutritionist required., and Registration Registered Dietitian required.
  3. 1-3 years related work experience required.
  4. Knowledge of nutrient analysis.
  5. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Recent medical nutrition therapy experience with adults.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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