Registered Dietitian at NHC HealthCare Garden City
NHC HealthCare Garden City is looking for a PRN RD, Registered Dietitian to join our Food and Nutrition Services team! The Registered Dietitian will provide guidance to the Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Food and Nutrition Services Manager, and/or the staff of Food and Nutrition Services Department to ensure that the nutritional status of all patients/residents is assessed accurately and to plan approaches to improve status if needed. The Registered Dietitian will work on MDS's, Care Plans, and work closely with the dietary manager to ensure patient needs are met. Although the emphasis of this position is in the clinical area, duties may include all aspects of food service and dietetics.
Must have a sincere interest in geriatric nutrition and enjoy working with geriatric and other healthcare patients.
At least one year’s experience in clinical dietetics is very helpful, but not essential. Experience of the Dietetic Internship or similar type training is expected.
Must have a thorough knowledge of and be able to apply nutrition principles. Must be able to accurately use this knowledge to assess nutritional status and plan care for all patients.
Must possess and use excellent customer service and communication skills.
Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
Must be in good mental and physical condition.
Must possess leadership qualities and be able to secure the cooperation of the Food and Nutrition Services partners.
Must work cooperatively and productively with all departments following established policies of the center.
Must have thorough knowledge of and be able to apply dietary management, safety/sanitation, food production, and nutrition principles.
Must be willing to fulfill responsibilities of the position, must be at work on time and during scheduled shift.
May be required to have or obtain a Food Handlers Certificate or Sanitation Course, as required by state regulations.
May be required to be licensed and/or certified as a dietitian as required by specific state guidelines.
Completes clinical nutritional assessments on all patients as required, and within timeframes established by Federal regulations.
Evaluates the nutritional status of patients by evaluating nutritional histories and intakes, establishes long-term nutritional goals and objectives for individual patients, records findings, and attends patient care planning conferences. Completes necessary assessments and forms in the NHC systems.
Teaches patients, and/or families, as well as Dietary staff, therapeutic diets when requested.
Visits patients routinely to assess and monitor nutritional status.
Completes progress notes on each high risk patient according to standards set by the company. Monitors patients with tube feeding, weight loss, pressure ulcers, dialysis, brittle diabetes, and other high risk patients and makes recommendations for care.
Reviews clinical information gathered and/or documentation and provides guidance and recommendations to the DTR or Food and Nutrition Services Manager to enhance patient care.
Observes tray line and meal service routinely to assist in identifying problem areas and provides guidance in finding solutions. Various meal times are observed for adequate overview of center system.
Reviews sanitation and safety of the Food and Nutrition Services department routinely and provides guidance in finding solutions to any problems noted.
Reviews menus and approves if needed. Accepts other tasks as assigned by the Administrator or Regional RD as needed, such as budgeting concerns, quality assessment monitors, regional pre-surveys, etc. Substitutes for the Dietary Manager or DTR if necessary as assigned by the Administrator and/or Regional RD.
Responsible for the maintenance of all prescribed diets for all patients by reviewing the medical record, monitoring of tray service, and education of Food and Nutrition Services staff.
Works with other departments in planning and coordinating activities/functions which involve dietary and other departments in the center.
Conducts or supervises Food and Nutrition Services QA monitors, documents, and reports on these studies at QA Committee meetings.
Has a thorough understanding and practice of all regulations (local, state, and federal) which affect dietary including, but not limited to, patient care, sanitation, labor, fire, safety, and disaster and ensures compliance to these regulations.
Evaluates trends and developments in Food and Nutrition Services practices and techniques and investigates their adaptability to the Food and Nutrition Services program.
As an educator, plans, presents, and/or participates in training and in-service education programs for the Food and Nutrition Services department. Must be able to work with and train staff to improve patient care and Food and Nutrition Services services.
Presents professional appearance at all times. Adheres to the NHC dress code.
Assumes responsibility for his/her professional growth and development. Professional practice and performance is guided by the American Dietetic Association’s Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework (SODPF).
Performs other tasks as necessary and appropriate.
National HealthCare Corporation is recognized nationwide as an innovator in the delivery of quality long-term care. Our goal is to provide a full range of extended care services, designed to maximize the well-being and independence of patients of all ages. We are dedicated to meeting patient needs through an interdisciplinary approach combining compassionate care with cost-effective health care services.
The NHC environment is one of encouragement and challenge ... innovation and improvement ... teamwork and collaboration ... and honesty and integrity. All NHC employees are committed as partners, not only to the health of our patients, but to the well-being of the communities we serve.
If you are interested in working for a leader in senior care and share NHC's values of honesty and integrity, please apply today and find out more about us at nhccare.com/locations/garden-city/