Nursing Support / Other / Dietician/Nutritionist Job in Tacoma, Washington / Hospital



If you are looking for an exciting and challenging opportunity, join the team of Franciscan Tacoma Rehabilitation Hospital. This brand new hospital is currently under construction and will serve patients recovering from strokes, brain and spinal-cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries, and other conditions. The 60-bed hospital is a joint venture partnership between Franciscan CHI and Kindred Healthcare in Tacoma, WA.   Summary:   Responsible for the assessment and planning of the nutritional care of the patients in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, policies and procedures, and in coordination with the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager to ensure that qualify food service and nutritional care is provided to the patients.   Essential Functions:   Job Specific   Direct Patient Care   Conducts and ensures clinical nutrition documentation for patients-- including assessment for new admissions as appropriate, reassessment, counseling, food/drug interactions, specialized nutrition support (enteral and parenteral), and discharge planning -- is in accordance with hospital policy and procedure, as well as state and federal regulations, is accurate, informative, and descriptive of the services provided, is within required timeframes, and reflects the patient's response to the plan of care.   Participates with the interdisciplinary team in developing, implementing, and evaluating plans of care; attends meetings/conferences to discuss the clinical care of the patient; and communicates patient concerns and response to interventions to interdisciplinary team members and direct care staff.   Interviews patients, family members, legal representatives, significant others, and staff to obtain diet history, food preferences, and other pertinent information needed to develop and/or update an individualized plan of care, to protect and promote patients' rights, and accommodate individual needs and preferences.   Involves the patient/family in planning objectives and goals for the patient.   Conducts nutrition education individually and in classes to patients, families, staff, and community as appropriate.   Conducts meal rounds to ensure that patients are receiving foods in the amount, type, consistency, and frequency required to maintain or improve nutritional status and per diet order.   Indirect Patient Care - Diet/menu functions   Ensures a dietary kardex or similar record (electronic or manual) of diet orders and food preferences is accurate and utilized in the Nutrition Services Department.   Coordinates with the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager the review, calculation as needed, editing, and customization of the regular and therapeutic menus to meet the food preferences of the patients in accordance with established policies, procedures, Diet Manual guidelines, standard of practice, and regulations.   Reviews and provides written approval for therapeutic menus as acceptable and accurate for patient use.   Coordinates with the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager to ensure that all diets ordered by the physician (whether planned in the cycle menu or not) are accurate for therapeutic menu needs or are adjusted as necessary to meet patient needs.   Assists the Nutrition Services Supervisor / Manager with processing diet orders and changes to produce an accurate tray ticket for each patient receiving meal trays and to ensure that patients receive adequate nutrition within prescribed diet order.   Assists the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager with purchasing decisions for food, supplies, equipment, etc. within approved budgets.   Assists the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager with training Nutrition Services employees including on the job training, orientation classes for therapeutic menu modification, etc. Maintains appropriate record-keeping requirements for training.   Provides in-service training to facility staff on topics related to Nutrition Services.   Provides feedback and suggestions to improve company policies, procedures, tools, and reference materials to the corporate office and assures manuals (P&P, Diet Manual) are approved and signed within established timeframes and using correct procedures at the facility level.   Indirect Patient Care - Foodservice functions   Monitors food temperatures and quality at point of service via test trays per Kindred policy, procedures and standards.   Monitors the appropriate ordering and distribution of nourishments, supplements, and meals to patients and takes corrective action when necessary.   Routinely inspects foodservice area(s) and practices for compliance with company policy, procedure, standards, and applicable federal, state, and local regulations. Completes evaluations and develops action plans with the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager items that need improvement.   Indirect Patient Care - Quality Management   Participates in the hospital's Performance Improvement Program, conducting, aggregating, trending, and acting on data for improvement as needed. Conducts quality assurance monitors such as test trays, patient satisfaction, and timeliness of clinical functions.   Serves on various committees as required by company standards, regulations, and/or appointment by his/her manager.  Participates in the survey process. Instructs staff in matters of conduct and disclosure. Maintains a presence at the hospital while surveyors are on-site and directs the timely collection of information required by the survey team. Undertakes corrective action while survey is in progress,  if appropriate. Works with the Nutrition Services Supervisor/Manager and other departments

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Employer: Kindred Healthcare
Post Date: Mar 07, 2019
Profession: Dietetics and Nutrition
Job Type: Dietitian
Specialty: None
Location: Washington - Tacoma
Job Reference: 727677
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