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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
05.21.2018
Licensed as a RDN with the Idaho State Medical Board. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RND), utilizes the nutrition care process to assess the nutritional status and dietary requirements of patients in the acute setting, develops and...
03.28.2018
Responsible for providing Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) in the In-patient setting as indicated by patient's medical condition and current standards of care. Functions in the Outpatient setting as a Diabetes or Health Educator specializing in...
05.21.2018
A EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL: 1. Previous Experience Required: Prefer minimum of one year experience as a Registered Dietitian in a hospital type setting. ICU: prefer 2 years of ICU experience and/or CNSC NICU: prefer 2 years experience...
04.06.2018
Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess,evaluate,and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for pediatric and adult outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietrtic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops...
05.18.2018
Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess, evaluate,and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for adult outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietetic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops nutritional...
05.21.2018
Bachelor's of Science The Clinical Dietitian, RD, coordinates the patient's nutritional care through documentation and communication with physicians, nurses, nutrition services personnel, patients and their families/care givers. The Clinical...
05.17.2018
Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess, evaluate, and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for pediatric outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietetic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops nutritional...
05.05.2018
Description Role Purpose: The Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy for hospital patients and affiliated hospital programs. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively using verbal and written means with...
04.25.2018
The Clinical Dietitian implements quality, cost-effective, out-come oriented clinical nutrition care in accordance with hospital policies and accreditation standards. Provides nutrition services to patients in all age groups including pediatric,...
05.21.2018
Bachelor of Science Will be responsible for comprehensive diabetes education as part of an ADA accredited program. Works on multiple diabetes related grant projects. Daily travel required to outlying clinics/areas. Bachelor's degree in Food...
12.15.2017
College Graduate (BS/BA) required The Clinical Dietitian will conduct nutrition assessment, monitoring and intervention on early adult to late adult patients on oral diets and on enteral or parenteral nutrition. Assist manager in compliance of...
05.14.2018
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
05.21.2018
The Clinical Dietitian will provide individualized nutritional assessment, care and education to patients, families, and the community based on Standards of Care. May participate/complete assigned administrative duties. Responsible for...
05.09.2018
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 nutrition care in...
04.24.2018
The Outpatient Clinical Dietitian II proactively contributes to Eskenazi Healths mission to Advocate, Care, Teach, and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. The Outpatient Clinical Dietitian II serves as a...
  1. Dietitian Gooding, ID North Canyon Medical Center
    Licensed as a RDN with the Idaho State Medical Board. The Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RND), utilizes the nutrition care process to assess the nutritional status and dietary requirements of patients in the acute setting, develops and...
  2. Dietitian Taos, NM Holy Cross Medical Center
    Responsible for providing Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) in the In-patient setting as indicated by patient's medical condition and current standards of care. Functions in the Outpatient setting as a Diabetes or Health Educator specializing in...
  3. Registered Dietitian Hammond, LA North Oaks Health System
    A EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL: 1. Previous Experience Required: Prefer minimum of one year experience as a Registered Dietitian in a hospital type setting. ICU: prefer 2 years of ICU experience and/or CNSC NICU: prefer 2 years experience...
  4. DIETITIAN I Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess,evaluate,and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for pediatric and adult outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietrtic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops...
  5. DIETITIAN I Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess, evaluate,and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for adult outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietetic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops nutritional...
  6. CLINICAL DIETITIAN Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    Bachelor's of Science The Clinical Dietitian, RD, coordinates the patient's nutritional care through documentation and communication with physicians, nurses, nutrition services personnel, patients and their families/care givers. The Clinical...
  7. DIETITIAN I Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Uses Nutrition Care Process to assess, evaluate, and provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for pediatric outpatients and inpatients. Teaches dietetic interns. Participates in multidisciplinary teams and develops nutritional...
  8. Dietitian Centralia, IL SSM Health Illinois
    Description Role Purpose: The Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy for hospital patients and affiliated hospital programs. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively using verbal and written means with...
  9. Dietitian - Cascade Mount Vernon, WA Skagit Regional Health
    The Clinical Dietitian implements quality, cost-effective, out-come oriented clinical nutrition care in accordance with hospital policies and accreditation standards. Provides nutrition services to patients in all age groups including pediatric,...
  10. Dietitian (Exempt) Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Bachelor of Science Will be responsible for comprehensive diabetes education as part of an ADA accredited program. Works on multiple diabetes related grant projects. Daily travel required to outlying clinics/areas. Bachelor's degree in Food...
  11. PRN Clinical Dietitian Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    College Graduate (BS/BA) required The Clinical Dietitian will conduct nutrition assessment, monitoring and intervention on early adult to late adult patients on oral diets and on enteral or parenteral nutrition. Assist manager in compliance of...
  12. CLINICAL DIETITIAN Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
  13. Clinical Dietitian Tulsa, OK Hillcrest Medical Center
    The Clinical Dietitian will provide individualized nutritional assessment, care and education to patients, families, and the community based on Standards of Care. May participate/complete assigned administrative duties. Responsible for...
  14. Clinical Dietitian Sidney, MT Sidney Health Center
    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 nutrition care in...
  15. Outpatient Clinical Dietitian II Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    The Outpatient Clinical Dietitian II proactively contributes to Eskenazi Healths mission to Advocate, Care, Teach, and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. The Outpatient Clinical Dietitian II serves as a...