UNM Hospitals - Albuquerque, NM3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $52,000 - $76,000 a year
Position Summary:Collaborate with members of the healthcare team to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy, and monitor the effectiveness and outcomes of nutrition interventions. Evaluates the nutritional status of patients utilizing diet recall/history, physical appearance, oral intake, laboratory values, and by performing anthropometric measurements. Provide nutrition education to patients and family members. Manage delivery of nutrition care services on assigned units. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. Patient care assignment may include neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric age groups.Accountability:
PATIENT CARE - Perform key functions of nutrition care according to system policy including nutrition screening, assessments, development of care plans

PATIENT CARE - Follow-up monitoring/reassessment of patients identified to be at nutrition risk; base clinical practice on sound scientific principles, current research and theory

NUTRITION - Direct the nutrition care aides in assuring that patients receive nutrition care that meets the nutrition therapy care plan

NUTRITION - Identify, monitor, and evaluate effectiveness of enteral and parenteral nutrition support regimes

PATIENT CARE - Assess patient's learning needs and provide nutrition education appropriate to patient's literacy and/or cognitive ability

PATIENT CARE - Provide care according to organization ethics, licensure, and the Standards of Professional practice for Dietetics professionals

RESEARCH - Locate, review, and utilize evidence-based best practices to improve patient outcomes

COMMUNICATION - Share knowledge and expertise with other health care team members through activities such as participating in patient care rounds, in-services to staff, participation on assigned committees and teaching classes

PRECEPTOR - Serve as a preceptor for dietetic interns in applying nutrition knowledge and skills

RECORDS - Maintain accurate records to meet regulatory agency guidelines and assist in statistical analysis of data

DEVELOPMENT - Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops

PATIENT SAFETY 1 - Follow patient safety-related policies, procedures and protocols

PATIENT SAFETY 2 - Demonstrate proactive approach to patient safety by seeking opportunities to improve patient safety through questioning of current policies and processes

PATIENT SAFETY 3 - Identify and report/correct environmental conditions and/or situations that may put a patient at undue risk

PATIENT SAFETY 4 - Report potential or actual patient safety concerns, medical errors and/or near misses in a timely manner

PATIENT SAFETY 5 - Encourage patients to actively participate in their own care by asking questions and reporting treatment or situations that they don't understand or may "not seem right"

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline

Experience Requirements:
1/2 year (6 months) directly related experience

Licensure/Certification Requirements:
Licensed Dietitian (LD) or Licensed Nutritionist (LN) w/State of New Mexico

Certification w/Commission on Dietetic Registration

CPR Certification for Healthcare/BLS Providers or for Professional Rescuers or must obtain within 30 calendar days of date of position

Education Requirements - Preferred:
Master's Degree in related discipline

Experience Requirements - Preferred:
1 year directly related experience

Physical Demands Requirements:
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. May require walking or standing to a significant degree or requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or may require working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of materials is negligible.

Testing Requirements:
Tuberculin Skin Test required annually

Working Conditions Requirements:
May be required or is required to work rotating shifts, holidays and weekends

May be required or is required to perform on-call duties

May be required to perform subordinate tasks in high census/vol

Minor Hazard - physical risks, dirt, dust, fumes, noise