Registered Dietitian

Location: Clarksville, TN
Company: Montgomery County - Health Department
Employment: Full-Time
Posted: May 17, 2021

Job Description

LOCATION: Montgomery County Health Department

QUALIFICATIONS

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Possession of proof of registration in active status as a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and experience equivalent to one year of full-time professional nutrition work. Applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

SALARY: $ 23.40 per hour

**Montgomery County Government adopted the State of Tennessee’s Hybrid Retirement Plan to be effective January 1, 2017. Any new full-time employee hired on or after January 1, 2017 will be required to enroll. As a member of the Hybrid Plan, you are required to contribute at least 5% of your salary to the defined benefit portion of the Hybrid Plan. Contributions are made on a tax-deferred basis.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assigns appropriate supplemental food packages to comply with program guidelines.
  • Certifies patients who meet criteria and documents in medical records to provide appropriate services.
  • Develops and documents appropriate nutrition plan of care to comply with program guidelines and practice standards.
  • Monitors patient’s nutrition status to identify needs.
  • Evaluates how well a subordinate or peer performs according to policies and program guidelines, as required.
  • Handles complaints and misunderstandings to minimize disputes and facilitate performance, as needed.
  • Maintain continuing education as required by the Commission of Dietetic Registration.
  • Attends required trainings in order to stay up to date with current knowledge and policies.
  • Performs calculations to determine client risk criteria such as body mass index, gestational age, appropriate nutrition intake, and estimated date of delivery.
  • Conveys information on breastfeeding techniques, diabetes care, and other nutrition issues by using multiple media to promote lifestyles behaviors.
  • Serves as the nutrition expert on multi-agency committees by providing technical nutrition information and advice.
  • Develops and provides a variety of teaching strategies and tools, including posters or lesson plans to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Documents information associated with the patients’ nutrition care plan, Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), nutrition counseling, and education into patients’ medical records according to the policies and guidelines.
  • Prepares report as directed by supervisors to track nutrition activities, as required.
  • Enters patients’ information according to Subjective Objective Assessment Plan or other required format according to the department’s polices and guidelines.
  • Interprets and explains nutrition data and risk to patient to promote behavior change and comply with program guidelines.
  • Assists in the development of long range goals and objectives to create nutrition and breastfeeding plans, as needed.
  • Provides guidance and direction to subordinates, including monitoring performance to improve or maintain standards, as needed.
  • Interviews patients to assess their literacy level, cultural background and readiness to learn.
  • Assesses nutrition related questionnaire and data to determine the patient’s stage of readiness and goals.
  • Consults with healthcare providers to determine nutrition related needs of the patient.
  • Develops specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work in an efficient manner.
  • Communicates with supervisors and co-workers using multiple media to effectively relay work related information.
  • Assists in the recruiting and/or interviewing process to fill staff positions, as required.
  • Identifies and contacts health care providers and staff of health facilities, health department programs, and agencies within the community that can offer medical care and social services assistance to patients.
  • Maintains knowledge of community resources to provide referrals and resources to public.
  • Promotes community nutrition and education activities for healthy lifestyle behavior changes.
  • Analyzes medical information including cholesterol and blood glucose levels, biochemical data, or anthropometric data, to identify lab value fluctuations, how food interacts with patients’ medication, or other nutrition related information, as required.
  • Compares patient’s data against program nutrition risk criteria to determine program eligibility.
  • Evaluates progress on nutrition goals utilizing patient input to determine patient stage of change.
  • Identifies and assess community nutrition trends and needs at the local level to develop appropriate services for the public.
  • Mentors others to improve their knowledge or skills, as needed.
  • Schedules activities for subordinates to assure the provision of quality nutrition services, as required.
  • Develops and maintains constructive and cooperative working relationships with others to promote effective work environment.

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS

This position requires effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and intermediate computer literacy.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

  • Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Must hold a valid Tennessee driver’s license

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The incumbent frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms.  The incumbent is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb or balance.  The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.


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