Pediatric Clinical Dietitian II
Company: UNC Healthcare
Location: Chapel Hill
Posted on: January 13, 2022
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The Clinical Dietitian II works closely as an essential part of the
multidisciplinary care team in the inpatient and outpatient care
setting, especially in the high nutritional risk pediatric patient
population. The dietitian in this role provides medical nutrition
therapy for pediatric patients on the following services: cardiac
intensive care unit, inpatient cardiology service, outpatient
congenital heart disease program. Primary responsibilities include
application of the Nutrition Care Process (NCP), through nutrition
focused physical exam. Nutrition/malnutrition assessment, nutrition
diagnosis, interventions, monitoring and evaluating of the
patient's progress. The Clinical Dietitian II uses
practice-specific dietetics and as available and evidence based
practice protocols/nutrition practice guidelines to help determine
nutrition intervention. The Clinical Dietitian II has extensive
knowledge in the area of clinical practice as evidenced by years of
experience and/or specialty certification(s) noted in the
requirements listed below. The Clinical Dietitian II performs
business functions, such as management of resources in a
cost-effective manner, and participates in compliance and quality
performance improvement efforts to ensure that nutrition care is
safe and effective. The Clinical Dietitian II is an integral part
of the multidisciplinary team, serving as a resource on nutrition
management of the clinical practice area(s) is involved in team
conferences provides nutrition-related in-services and contributes
to the development and revision of hospital policies. The Clinical
Dietitian II also may be involved in community-based nutrition
programs and maintains professional competency and skills required
for professional practice. The Clinical Dietitian II precepts
interns and supports, models and trains clinical dietitians in the
core behaviors and responsibilities of the department and
1. Assesses nutritional needs using standardized practice and
critical thinking. Identifies nutrient requirements according to
age, disease and individual needs for assigned patients.
Demonstrates clinical and age specific competency as evidenced by
clinical competency tools, forms, chart audits, tests, observation,
2. Acts as a resource person for the clinical team assigned and
serves as a liaison between other medical specialties and ancillary
3. Assists in achieving compliance with the Joint Commission,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Healthcare Facilities
Accreditation Program (HFAP), or other accrediting agency standards
to continuously improve the safety and quality of care to the
public and to the organization's performance improvement.
4. Attends medical rounds, patient care conferences, and continuing
education/staff meetings. Participates in quality improvement
initiatives and cross training.
5. Develops, implements, and monitors nutrition care plans and
participates in the discharge planning process. Provides education
using established behavioral change techniques.
6. May lead, direct, and manage the work assigned to others within
the department. Documents all aspects of nutrition care in the
medical record. Demonstrates compliance with regulatory agency
standards as evidenced by timely completion of clinical nutrition
workload as evidenced by chart audits and organizational /
regulatory agency surveys.
7. Creates/updates evidence based protocols in area of clinical
practice and trains others in order to ensure medical nutrition
therapy practices are current and meet established guidelines.
8. Identifies needs for professional development and mentors others
in area of clincal practice. Participates in the training of
clinical nutrition intern by acting as preceptor throughout the
year as assigned.
9. Participates in clinical research, on-the-job training, or QI
projects as pertains to clinical practice area. Leads efforts to
continually understand and measure quality of the clinical area
practice in terms of structures, process, content, and outcomes.
Designs and tests interventions to change process and systems of
specialty practice area with the objective of improving quality
outcomes. Serves on cross functional quality teams.
Other Information Other information:
--- Bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or
college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation
Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
--- Completion of a Coordinated Program in Dietetics or Dietetic
Internship accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education
in Nutrition and Dietetics) of no less than 900 hours (1200 hours
for graduates of programs beginning 2012)
--- Registered Dietitian (RD) by The Commission of Dietetic
--- Licensed as a Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) by the North
Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition. (Certain positions may
allow licensure to be obtained within one (1) month from date of
--- If less than five (5) years of experience, certification in
area of clinical specialty (e.g., CDE, CNSC, CNSD, CSR, CSP, CSSD,
CSGN, CLE, BCLE, etc.) or advanced degree or approved to practice
in specialized roles where certification does not exist is
required. (Certain positions may allow specialty certification to
be obtained within six (6) months from date of hire or next offered
exam date for those who have obtained educational preparation for
--- Some positions may require appropriate credentialing for
billing purposes (e.g., NPI, Medicare/Medicaid Provider, BCBSNC
Provider) to be obtained within one (1) month from date of
Professional Experience Requirements:
--- Three (3) years as an RD with two (2) of those years'
experience in area of clinical specialty or three (3) years
nutrition experience in a tertiary care, teaching hospital and
certification in specialty area or advanced degree is required.
Five (5) years of experience as an RD
Must maintain certification until RD has at least 5 years of
experience (or longer if required for certain positions i.e.
Nutrition Support Team) or have at least five (5) years of
experience as an RD.
Knowledge/Skills/and Abilities Requirements:
--- Knowledge of the Nutrition Care Process and ability to apply
all steps of the process.
--- Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition
--- Understands and can implement Motivational Interviewing
--- Critical thinking to integrate facts, informed opinion, active
listening, and observations.
--- Decision making, problem solving, and collaboration.
--- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal
form to patients, public, hospital and medical staff, and
--- Ability to function independently on assigned patient care
--- Ability to counsel and educate others.
--- General knowledge of nutrient analysis, word processing, and
Job Details Legal Employer: STATE
Entity : UNC Medical Center
Organization Unit : NFS Clinical Nutrition Support
Work Type : Full Time
Standard Hours Per Week : 40.00
Work Schedule : Day Job
Location of Job : US:NC:Chapel Hill
Exempt From Overtime : Exempt: Yes
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