Nephrology Dietitian

New Directions Staffing

Job Summary:

The Nephrology Dietitian is responsible for supporting the nutritional health of dialysis patients. The Nephrology Dietitian assesses the nutritional needs of each patient, recommends therapeutic diets, counsels patients and their families on prescribed diets, and monitors understanding and response to diet. 

Essential Functions:

• Evaluates patient’s nutrition needs/status to develop an individualized nutrition plan. Instructs patient/family/care provider as appropriate on recommended nutrition plan using an individualized approach

• Establishes nutritional priorities and develops a team action plan in conjunction with RN, MD, MSW, and patient

• Provides ongoing nutrition assessment of patients

• Communicates nutrition information/status to other treatment providers to ensure ongoing nutrition care when patients transfer to another facility/modality or require concurrent care/evaluation from outside agencies, hospitals, clinics, etc.

• Carries out MD renal dietitian protocol orders

• Maintains nutrition-related documentation 

• Provides nutrition-related in-service education for center staff as appropriate/requested

• Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers

• Takes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner

Communications

• Communicates significant patient information to the appropriate team members in a clear, concise, and accurate manner

• Liaisons with the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team on shared responsibilities

• Contributes and promotes teamwork to create a harmonious and constructive working relationship with all staff by offering information, advice, and assistance in a positive, courteous, and cooperative manner

• Participates in self and/or peer evaluations

• Ensures the confidentiality of patient and employee information

o Greets patients by name

o Uses reflective listening

o Allows patients to express concerns appropriately

o Manages conflict in a positive way

o Acknowledges problems/situations from the patient’s point of view

o Empathizes


Minimum Education & Experience:

• Registered Dietitian (includes Baccalaureate or Advanced degree)

• One (1) year experience as a Registered Dietitian in clinical nutrition; 2 years preferred

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying


Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• CPR certification (within 3 months of hire)

• Able to read, write, speak, understand and satisfactorily communicate with others in English in person, over the phone and via email