Req ID: 162952
Employment Status: Regular – Full Time
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If you are ready to challenge yourself, be inspired and grow – no matter what your role – you just may be the kind of breakthrough maker who will thrive at CHOP.
Provides clinical nutrition services to inpatients and/or outpatients, including: assessment of individual nutritional status, evaluation and recommendation of appropriate dietary interventions to improve nutritional status, and education of patients and parents as indicated. Dietary interventions include oral diets, tube-feedings and intravenous feedings. Provides education and consultation for hospital staff, including nurses, physicians, and other hospital personnel, students of various disciplines, parent groups and professional organizations.
Patient Care (45%)
- Completes in-depth and specialized initial and follow-up nutrition assessments of pediatric patients, performs nutrition diagnosis, develops and implements individualized nutritional care plans per standards of care and documents results appropriately.
- Responds to consults from the medical/surgical staff within 24 hours
- Actively participates in appropriate service rounds, unit rounds and patient management conferences.
- Takes a leadership role in multi-disciplinary services and functions as the nutrition expert in a specialty area of pediatric nutrition.
- Maintains pediatric and specialty expertise through critical interpretation and evaluation of current research.
- Provides formula room/dietary personnel with instructions for preparation of any special nutritional formulations.
- Performs daily operational tasks, including review of diet, TPN and NPO lists and completing calorie counts.
- Works cooperatively with foodservice staff to assure diet prescription is met.
- Develops and leads departmental, specialty service nutrition projects or research or leads cross-functional hospital groups; promotes and supports alignment of department work with enterprise initiatives and departmental initiatives.
Nutrition Education (25%)
- Assesses educational needs, counsels patients and/or family on restricted or special diets in nutritional principles and dietary plans and adapts these diets to the patient’s medical condition, lifestyle and preferences, evaluates achievement of learning objectives and provides appropriate follow-up.
- Uses advanced counseling skills including: realistic and appropriate goal setting; continuous reassessment of the appropriateness of nutrition care plan; and, assessment of patient understanding and readiness to comply.
- Develops original, comprehensive educational materials for patient and staff education and patient monitoring.
- Provides formal presentations by request at meetings of professional organizations and teaching rounds.
- Interacts professionally with other healthcare professionals and is perceived as an expert in nutritional management of specialty patients.
- Participates in the education of dietetic interns, nutrition residents, GI/nutrition fellows, medical and surgical residents, and other students as requested.
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Business Functions (10%)
- Maintains productivity standards and practices effective time management
- Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing
- Leads development of standards of care, patient education materials and clinical forms in area of expertise
- May lead operational or steering committee, and/or regulatory/compliance-related activities or projects.
Professional Development (20%)
- Attends appropriate continuing education to maintain professional credentials and expand knowledge and skills; may elect to pursue advanced leadership development training, project manager certification or other management-related certificate training (with maintenance of related CEU’s)
- Develops and implements an individualized plan for professional growth and development including participation in professional organizations and activities, workshops, seminars, and staff development programs. Maintains CDR Professional Portfolio by completing 75 CEU’s per 5 year period as well as meeting the requirements for Pennsylvania L.D.N. of 30 CEU’s per each 2 year licensure period.
- Participates and leads institutional or professional organization committees related to pediatric nutrition or subspecialty area, or actively participates/leads operational initiatives which impact enterprise initiatives (access, flow, engagement, pt family experience, utilization of resources, super-user status, etc.)
- Authors/publishes abstracts, book chapters, newsletters or journal articles that are peer reviewed.
- May hold coordinator position in the department including but not limited to NICU Nutrition Practicum and Bone Clinic.
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) in the State of Pennsylvania
RD – Registered Dietitian
Specialty certification preferred upon hire, but required to be obtained within 1 year of Level III status.
Preferred Certification: Certified Nutrition Support Clinician [CNSC] or Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics [CSP] or Certified Diabetes Educator [CDE] or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant [IBCLC] or other similar certification.
Required Education and Experience
Required Education: Bachelor’s in dietetics, foods and nutrition, or related area.
Required Experience: Minimum of 4 years of experience.
Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
Preferred Education: Advanced degree
Additional Technical Requirements
- Comprehensive knowledge and application of medical nutrition therapy in pediatric patients.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing to patients and families, public, medical staff and physicians.
- Ability to function independently on assigned patient care units.
- Ability to counsel and educate others.
- General knowledge of nutrient analysis, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
- Familiarity with the literature on clinical utility, efficacy, and safety of the use of tube feeding products, infant formulas and feeding modules for pediatric patients.
- Ability to evaluate products based on specific applicability to individual clinical situations, cost effectiveness and clinical experience. Is able to distinguish small differences between products and their application.
- Ability to apply the understanding of the medical problem list and diagnostic testing to anticipate the course of treatment and its impact on the expected duration and intensity of nutritional intervention.
To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19. This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates.
CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.
Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.
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