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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Posted: 10/30/2022

At White House Clinics, we do health care differently.  Our multi-disciplinary care teams incorporate the expertise of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and care navigation professionals to provide patients with comprehensive care designed to help them achieve their health goals.  While our work is fast-paced, our teams enjoy being able to work collaboratively to support patients.
 
White House Clinics employees enjoy a competitive wage and robust benefit package including:
  • Employer Paid Health, Life & Disability Insurance
  • 4 Weeks of PTO
  • Retirement Plan
  • 7 Paid Holidays
Many employees work alternative work schedules which allow them a day off during the week. 
 
At White House Clinics, we believe in providing our employees with opportunity for both personal and professional growth in a challenging and rewarding work environment.  We recognize the contributions that each person makes to the team and value each person’s input as we work to deliver outstanding patient care.  
 
In the need to protect our staff and patients, White House Clinics is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. 
 
PRIMARY FUNCTION 
The Outpatient Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) performs a variety of specialized duties related to nutrition therapy for patients, families, staff and the community. The RDN serves as a member of the care team, available for all nutrition related services in the clinic as well as classes for the community. The RDN will perform nutrition assessment, education and management to patients with chronic conditions who are at risk of disease progression, malnutrition as well as patients and families who need disease prevention education. This will include, but is not limited to diabetes education, weight management, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, malnutrition, gastrointestinal disorders, failure to thrive and enteral feeding. The RDN should be familiar with functional nutrition and getting to root causes of chronic diseases. The role of the RDN will be available to perform nutrition duties via individual outpatient visits in the clinic, nutrition classes and may be required to provide home visits.
 
PRINCIPLE DUTIES 
  1. Participate as an active member in the patient’s outpatient primary care team.
  1. Maintain availability and accessibility to other providers and staff for interventions related to patients’ nutritional needs.
  2. Conduct comprehensive nutritional assessment, education and management to patients referred by care providers and/or the multidisciplinary team in the clinic or at the patient home if needed.  
  1. Provide nutrition intervention classes keeping in mind of culture, economics and education level of the groups to adults and children on a monthly basis in accordance with the established class topics.
  1. Coordinate, implement, and evaluate nutrition education using the most current guidelines and tools that have been validated including but not limited to the Nutrition Care Manual diet manual. Reputable sources that include integrative and functional medicine protocols that tailor individual plans utilizing a whole body approach when appropriate.
  1. Engage patients and family in identification of specific nutrition goals and interventions needed to achieve these goals.
  1. Makes appropriate referrals to other services, such as Social Services or various Food Assistance Programs as indicated.
  1. Evaluates enteral feeding nutrient requirements, the current regimen and provides recommendations for appropriate adjustments in terms of the type of formula, rate and water flushes and possible need for additional vitamins or mineral supplements to the patient’s primary care provider.
  1. Work with clinicians and other team members in re: to nutrition related services and recommendations.
  1. Provide proper documentation via the electronic medical record (EMR) using appropriate terminology and utilizing the nutrition care process within the assessment.
JOB REQUIREMENTS 
Minimum Education 
Bachelor’s degree in nutrition with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Master’s degree or completion of dietetic internship program.
 
Minimum Work Experience
One year of experience as a clinical dietitian or in the field of nutrition.
 
Licensure Required
Maintains Kentucky dietitian license and meets ongoing licensure requirements.
Current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration or registry eligible (must achieve Registered Dietitian credential within 3 months of date of hire).
 
Qualifications
Successful applicants will be self-directed, mature and well organized with pleasant personality and have a professional and warm demeanor that facilitates the development of a collaborative relationship with patients and providers. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong initiative, feel comfortable making clinical decisions and are confident in their decisions and documentation utilizing the nutrition care process. Successful applicants will interpret medical documentation and apply it to the nutrition plan. Successful applicants will feel comfortable maintaining availability and flexibility to assess and treat patients presented with a variety of health and behavioral needs. Appropriate candidates will have a knowledge of chronic diseases,  medications, laboratory results and indications related to nutrition therapy, human relations, nutritional psychiatry, and group dynamics appropriate for their level of education and experience. Ideal applicants will have an understanding of Integrative and Functional Medicine as well as traditional approaches and principles with strong documentation skills. Successful applicants must be comfortable providing nutrition care to patients of all ages including pediatrics, adults and geriatrics. Candidates should possess the ability to work in a rural setting utilizing available facilities and resources. Critical to the role is the willingness to acknowledge and respect the cultural and social background of patients and family members.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL EXPECTATIONS
Professionalism
Maintains competency and knowledge of current standards of practice, trends, and developments in related scope of practice through reading and in-services. This is especially important in the areas of patient flow, scheduling, assuring correct patient information, and handling patient relations. Obeys appropriate dress code as specified in Employee Handbook. Provides superior customer service to all patients, external customers (office staff of other offices, hospital, community agencies, etc.), and co-workers. Serves as an ambassador of the White House Clinics in all conversations and interactions with these parties.
 
Service
Demonstrates excellent customer service through his/her attitude and actions, consistent with the standards contained in the Mission and Vision and Values of the organization. Maintains clinic standards for a clean and quiet patient environment to maintain a positive patient care experience. Promotes culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, reporting, documentation, and prevention.
 
Compliance
Maintains compliance with organization’s policies, as well as established practices, protocols, and procedures of the position, department, and applicable professional standards. Complies with organizational and regulatory policies for handling confidential patient information. Adheres to professional standards, clinic policies and procedures (OSHA, HIPAA, Standing Orders, etc.), federal, state, and local requirements, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), etc. Cooperates fully with all aspects of Corporate Compliance Plan and Standards of Conduct. Participates in all safety programs which may include assignment to an emergency response team.
 
ACCOUNTABILITY
All Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are directly accountable to the Clinical Director.
The RDN is responsible for maintaining appropriate CEU and license requirements.
 
SUPERVISION EXERCISED
None
 
TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Requires a variety of physically and mentally demanding activities. Requires full use of eyes, ears, and hands. Requires sitting, walking, some bending, stooping, stretching and lifting (generally not in excess of 75 pounds at a time). Requires ability to prepare written reports and use telephone and computer equipment.
 
TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
A position exempt from wage and hour laws requires hours in excess of 40 per week including night, weekend, and holiday work from time to time. Work is performed in health care environments including medical office, with potential exposure to communicable diseases as well as off site and in patient homes when needed. Possible exposure to aggressive or violent patients.
 
EVALUATION
Evaluated annually by the clinical director. A peer evaluation is also done annually for evaluation of specific nutrition related knowledge. Degree of compliance with this Job Description and criteria noted in the employment agreement will be a major aspect of the evaluation.
 
The above information is intended to describe the most important aspects of the job. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required in order to perform the work. The health center reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the business need arises. Additionally, this job description is not intended as an employment contract, implied or otherwise, and the Center continues to maintain its status as an at-will employer.
 

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