• Diet Technician

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 months ago(8/10/2018 1:59 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    General Summary:    


    This Dietetic Technician position is responsible for performing a variety of duties involved in assisting dietitians including: taking diet history, completing diet analysis, making dietary adjustments and providing diet education, communicating with patients and/or their families, monitoring labs and completing anthropometrics. Supervision and guidance from the Registered Dietitian (RD) will be provided as required. This position provides support to the outpatient general nutrition clinics.


    Essential Job Functions:

    1. Maintains day-to-day operation of RD clinical functions including nutrition screening, 24 hour dietary recalls, diet analysis, diet changes, diet counseling, anthropometrics including but not limited to height/length, weight, head circumference, mid arm circumference, and skinfolds.
    2. Assists the RD in implementing a patient’s therapeutic diet. May assist in calculating diets for the clinical dietitian to review, may review/revise menus and other specific tasks designated by the RD.
    3. Provides patient education under the supervision of the RD for implementation of therapeutic diet and the use of tools and products to assist families in maintaining the patient on the diet in the home setting.
    4. Responds to patient/family inquiries regarding interventions that are within the established plan of care and consistent with demonstrated competencies. Supports daily activities of the RD and medical team in communicating with inpatients and outpatients using in-person, telephone and written information.
    5. Serves as a liaison between Clinical Nutrition and other hospital departments and the community. Assists the RD with coordination and communication between insurance, home health company, and primary medical providers. Interacts with outside vendors and sales reps as needed. Maintains par levels of formula samples in clinic sample rooms.
    6. Maintains clinical documentation on activities, actions and follow-up plans.
    7. Supports the RD in outpatient setting by directly interacting with families. Obtains diet histories, pertinent medical information and provides instruction under supervision of the RD.
    8. Other job functions as assigned.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Associate degree from an accredited college/university plus Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Dietetic Technician Program OR Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university plus ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics required.
    2. Credentialing as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) OR Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration required.
    3. For Registered Dietitians, Illinois State Licensure as Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) required. RD with confirmed Illinois license pending will be eligible to work for up to 3 months under supervision of a licensed RD.
    4. Previous pediatric and/or clinical experience preferred.
    5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
    6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to interact with patients, families and staff.


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