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Coordinate all phases of nutrition care including nutrition assessment, care planning, monitoring, education and counseling of hospitalized patients and outpatients in a variety of settings. Perform duties in support of and in compliance with performance improvement plans, JCAHO, and other licensing, accrediting, and regulatory agencies. The Duke University Health System offers career advancement through a clinical ladder program.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Duties and responsibilities may include providing nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy integrated with the patient's medical goals. Evaluating, interpreting, monitoring and documenting the nutritional status and nutritional needs of hospitalized patients and out patients using established standards of care and practice guidelines.
Identifying and providing age-specific nutrition counseling to meet the cultural needs of the patients and their families.
Developing, reviewing, updating and implementing educational materials to meet the needs of patients and professionals.
Writing orders for diet, supplement, enteral/parenteral nutrition and laboratory data per hospital policy.
Functioning as an integral member of the clinical interdisciplinary team.
Maintaining registered dietitian (RD) status including continuing professional education per the Professional Development Portfolio. Maintains North Carolina Board of Nutrition and Dietetics licensure. Precepting dietetic interns and provide on the job training for newly hired clinical staff.
Supervising daily work of dietetic technicians, registered; provide input into evaluation but doesn't directly evaluate their performance. Complying with Nutrition Services meeting and attendance standards.
In addition to Level I, Dietitian works in an assigned specialty area and integrates research and education into practice as evidence by competencies. Is a liaison and advocate for the profession by utilizing and sharing new practice knowledge and skill into other areas of the profession (management, public health) and or other disciplines.
Thinks critically, displays a range of highly developed clinical and technical skills, and formulates judgements acquired through a combination of education, experience and critical thinking. Based on department's need have the ability to provide expertise, oversight and leadership in a designated specialty area.
These areas include: Student Advisor, Malnutrition Specialist, Adult Nutrition Support Specialist, Pediatric Nutrition Support Specialist, Program Coordinator, Clinical and Quality Specialist, IT Specialist, Outpatient Clinical Coordinator, Lead, Subject Matter Expert.
Additional information can be found in the DUHS Clinical Dietitian Clinical Ladder Program.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Level I, II, III
Baccalaureate degree in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics, Nutritional Sciences, Human Nutrition, or comparable major.
Successful completion of coordinated program or dietetic internship of not less than 900 hours under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian.
One year in an acute care environment preferred; experience may be waived for specific positions.
Level II and Level III
At least 5 years of clinical experience or at least 3 years' clinical experience plus an approved, nutrition related certification.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Level I, II, and III
Registered dietitian (RD) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration; candidates eligible for registration may be hired with the expectation that registration will be achieved within 90 days of hire.
Licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition; provision for license-eligible dietitians as above.
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