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Job Description

 

Dietitians are essential in designing nutrition programs to protect health, alleviate the symptoms of some types of diseases, and to prevent allergic reactions.

They are the experts in understanding the importance of nutrition as the foundation of good health, from conception to old age.

Clinical dietitians may specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Management of overweight patients

  • Nutritional needs of critically ill patients

  • Dietary demands of patients with kidney disease and diabetes

  • Management of food service departments in areas such as nursing care facilities, small hospitals or correctional facilities

Depending on specialty and their workplace, dietitian can have a wide array of duties that they are responsible for on a regular basis.

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Responsibilities

 

Dietitians focus their attention on the impact that food has on our health. They provide medical nutrition therapy for patients in such settings as hospitals and nursing care facilities.

As a member of the health care team, a dietitian is responsible for assessing the nutritional needs of patients, developing and implementing nutritional programs, and evaluating and reporting on the results of these interventions.

Dietitians work in consultation with doctors and other health care professionals to coordinate dietary needs and medical requirements.

Community registered dietitians (RD) develop nutrition programs that target particular groups of people to promote health and prevent disease.

RDs who work as community dietitians may be employed in settings such as fitness centers, public health clinics, home health agencies or corporate wellness programs.

When working in home health agencies or corporate wellness programs, dietitians provide instruction on grocery shopping and food preparation. Many dietitians focus on education of the elderly or individuals with special needs and children.

Increased public awareness of the importance of nutrition has led to employment opportunities in areas such as food manufacturing, marketing and advertising.

Dietitians working in these areas are generally responsible for analyzing foods, preparing literature for public distribution, or reporting on issues such as the nutritional value of recipes, the amount of dietary fiber a food contains, or efficacy of vitamin supplements.

Dietitians in management roles oversee large-scale meal planning and the preparation of meals in health care facilities, in company cafeterias, in prisons and in schools.These dietitians also hire, train and supervise other dietitians and food service employees.

They are responsible for budgeting for and purchasing food, dietary equipment and necessary supplies. They must enforce sanitary and safety regulations, and prepare expected records and reports.

Some dietitians work under contract as consultants with health care facilities or in their own private practice.

These dietitians perform nutritional assessments for their clients and give them advice about diet-related concerns, such as weight loss or cholesterol reduction.

Other dietitians find employment in wellness programs, supermarkets, sports teams and other businesses related to nutrition.

They often consult with food service managers to provide expertise in safety procedures, sanitation, budgeting, menu development and planning.

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Skills

 

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Active Listening

Offering your full attention to an individual person or group in order to fully understand problems and their nature.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Perceptiveness

Gauging how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

Dietitians work to oversee food planning and preparation in a variety of settings. They may work in schools, prisons, health care facilities and company cafeterias to manage nutrition programs.

Dietitians can find employment opportunities in public health agencies where they are instrumental in influencing policies related to health and nutrition.

They also do similar work in universities, where they educate students about nutrition and health. Most dietitians work a standard 40-hour week and are usually based out of an office with time spent in institutional kitchens and in meetings.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
06.17.2019
Dietitian Posted: June 17, 2019 The Dietitian assures that quality and therapeutic nutritional services are provided to residents and patients. Assist in the planning, organization and development of the overall operation of the Food Service...
08.19.2019
The Dietitian is responsible for providing optimal nutritional care to patients in compliance with Joint Commission, company policies and procedures and standards of care for the dietetic profession. These areas include but are not limited to;...
08.19.2019
Position Highlights: Population: Opportunity to work with a wide range of ages Variety of Work: This position establishes nutrition programs, provides clinical nutritional care and education to patients. Diverse settings:This position will...
08.19.2019
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08.19.2019
Under the direction of the Clinical Nutrition Manager, the Clinical Dietitian is the medical nutrition expert responsible for coordinating all phases of nutrition care including assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation of...
08.16.2019
Job Title: Registered Dietitian Supervised by: Cardiac and Pulmonary Services/Rehabilitation Directors I. Position Summary: The Rehabilitation Dietitian is responsible for providing nutritional care to program participants including...
07.24.2019
Clinical Dietitian Full-Time position responsible for nutrition care for the patients/residents at a progressive healthcare facility. This role includes assessing the nutritional status of patients/residents and coordinating all aspect of...
07.15.2019
Consults with Food Service regarding patient menu selection. Consults with patients, families, physicians and staff, to ensure that dietary needs are being met by making appropriate nutritional recommendations. Responsibilities Ensure best...
08.19.2019
Halifax Health is seeking a Clinical Dietitian for Oncology Services. Summary The Clinical Dietitian works closely with the interdisciplinary health care team to provide nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy that are integrated...
08.19.2019
Dietitian Clinical Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2019-4849 Category Allied Health Position Type Regular Full Time Department HealthPlex - Food & Nutrition Services Overview Norman Regional Health System is a team of more...
08.19.2019
Screens/assesses patients and provides Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) services. MNT services may include a nutrition assessment, reassessment, and nutrition counseling to patient and/or family members according to established standards of care....
08.19.2019
The Community Dietitian II will consult and collaborate with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) staff and participants as well as other medical and prevention staff as requested. This position will provide high risk care plans to identified WIC...
08.19.2019
The Community Dietitian II will consult and collaborate with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) staff and participants as well as other medical and prevention staff as requested. This position will provide high risk care plans to identified WIC...
08.19.2019
Bachelor of Science Must be a graduate from an accredited Bachelors or Masters program in Food and Nutrition or Dietetics. NC Dietitian License or License Eligibility required.
07.31.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
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  3. Dietitian Marshall, MN Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
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  5. Clinical Dietitian Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  6. Dietitian/Nutritionist Hamilton, MT Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
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  7. Clinical Dietitian Sidney, MT Sidney Health Center
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  10. Dietitian Clinical Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
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  11. Clinical Dietitian Bowling Green, KY Med Center Health
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  13. Community Dietitian Juneau, AK SEARHC
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