- Job Title
- Clinical Dietitian-NICU
- Job ID
- Washington, DC 20060
- Other Location
With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
- Nutritional care of patients. Communicate pertinent nutritional information, orally and in writing, to patients, families, health care providers, and nutrition and dietary staff, providing high quality nutrition assessment, care planning, delivery, and measurement of outcomes
- Interact effectively with staff, physicians, patients and their families, other members of the healthcare team, hospital and university officials, and the general public to provide optimal nutrition outcomes.
- Utilize the principles and practices of clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy for patients with complex medical conditions, critically-ill, and malnourished patients with multiple co-morbidities in order to plan, develop, and coordinate medical nutrition therapy intervention, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities.
- Effectively prioritize assigned patient case load and complete work consisting of multiple tasks under general supervision.
- Oversee the management of infection prevention in the handling, storage, and delivery of nutritional products.
- Confers and collaborates with food services providers and nursing as appropriate to ensure accurate interpretation and administration of nutritional prescription. Utilizes the approved format to document pertinent nutrition related information and interventions in patient’s medical records.
- Conduct in-service and educational presentations to hospital/department staff as needed, serving as a resource to medical staff and allied health personnel on nutrition issues.
- Implement assessment and evaluation techniques that consider the diverse needs of age-specific populations as well as cultural, religious and ethnic concerns.
- Conduct nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk. Accurately obtain and interpret medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care to address nutritional risk, assess nutritional status and develop individual specialized care plans to simultaneously address several disease processes.
- Establish and maintain lactation/breastfeeding guidelines. Apply the basic principles of enteral and parenteral nutrition support, as needed.
- Plan, develop, and coordinate medical nutrition therapy interventions, interdisciplinary care plans, and nutrition education activities using evidence-based principles and practices of clinical dietetics and medical nutrition therapy.
- Educate parent/ caregiver on all aspects of MNT. Provide nutrition counseling to patients, family members and/or caregivers considering psycho-social issues and age appropriate guidelines. Assesses educational needs and provide nutrition education to individuals and community, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, educational, and medical situation of the patient.
- Implement current medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to document findings and recommendations in the patient’s medical record, using basic knowledge of computer operations, software, hardware, terminology, security requirements, and capabilities.
- Participates in departmental and interdisciplinary rounds, meetings, task forces and projects. Position communicates effectively and provides education to ensure optimum nutritional care.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
- Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
- Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
- Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
- Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities
- Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
- Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
- Assists in achieving compliance with state, federal, and local regulatory agencies including JCAHO, Joint Commission, CMS.
- Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements.
- Knowledge of basic food production and service which incorporates sanitation, safety and menu planning within a healthcare environment.
- Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) or Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) desired.
- Previous experience in community nutrition education, in the areas breastfeeding, lactation, maternal and child health preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or related field from an accredited college or university.
- At least one (1) year of recent experience as a practitioner in dietetics in an acute healthcare environment required. One (1) year of practice in neonatal care in a NICU setting preferred.
- Licensure by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
At Howard University Hospital, our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
- Work-life balance
- Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
- Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location.
- Required Skills
Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or related field from an accredited college or university.
At least one (1) year of recent experience as a practitioner in dietetics in an acute healthcare environment required. One (1) year of practice in neonatal care in a NICU setting preferred.
Licensure by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.