This title is in the unclassified service and in the SUNY Professional Services Negotiating Unit.
This title family: obtains diet history and assesses nutritional status of patients, including renal failure, diabetic and cirrhotic patients and other patients requiring special diets, and instructs patients and families on required diet therapy.
Develops and implements nutritional care plan based on assessment of nutritional needs, current nutrition related problems and psycho-social studies; consults with physicians and other health care professionals concerning patient's nutritional care with recommendation for appropriate nutritional therapy; counsels individuals and families in nutritional principles, meal planning, nutritional supplement or special products selection, reviews laboratory values, conducts anthropometric measurements and other objective nutritional status (i.e. nitrogen balance study to assess nutritional status); refers patient to other professionals for proper financial assistance and psychosocial intervention; communicates nutritional problems, diet information; designs and develops educational materials to assist in patient education and in management of diet related problems; guides and supervises programs for students; participates in research projects as assigned; researches and writes hospital's diet manual. Develops experimental diets as requested by medical staff. Monitors food service to comply with dietary prescription and quality standard; evaluates patient's acceptance; plans and participates in quality assurance studies for nutritional services; coordinates and integrates clinical and administrative aspects of dietetics to provide quality nutritional care; provides supervision for the maintenance of therapeutic accuracy, the nutritional care plan and the formulation of supplemental feeding implemented by Diet Technicians; attends professional meetings or continuing educational programs for maintaining registration status.
Bachelor's Degree, Registered Dietician. Three or more years of hospital experience in clinical dietetics.
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