Texas State Jobs – Nutrition Spec

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Job Description:

The Nutritionist II performs complex nutrition services work. Work involves providing training to staff and family members, assessing nutritional status of consumers using laboratory and anthropometric data to monitor nutritional status, planning special therapeutic menus modified for one or more nutrients and textures, serving as a member of the Inter-Disciplinary Team and project teams, preparing reports, providing quality assurance monitoring of menu and nutrition services activities, and providing technical assistance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
  • Provides Medical Nutrition Therapy for ambulatory and medically fragile consumers.
  • Evaluates nutritional status of consumers, and develops, implements, and evaluates nutritional care plans based on consumer needs and expectations, evidenced based professional knowledge/standards, and professional experience.
  • Functions as a member of the Inter-Disciplinary Team, the Physical and Nutritional Management Team and other clinically related teams in developing care plans for individuals at moderate to high nutritional risk.
  • Works toward team consensus in supporting consumer goals.
  • Counsels and trains consumers, staff, and families on nutritional principles, modified diet plans and food selection to support achievement of the best nutrition care for individuals.
  • Develops education programs and materials.
  • Consults with food service department to provide accurate and timely information on menu changes, special diets and food textures.
  • Approves menu changes for compliance with regulations and nutrient standards.
  • Develops and conducts in-service training for staff on nutrition principles, therapeutic diets, and related subjects upon request.
  • May conduct quality assurance meal observations.
  • Participates in Quality Assurance audits and on-going monitoring related to Nutrition Services, Meal Service, or other disciplines upon request.
  • Assists in developing departmental policies and procedures.
  • May supervise nutrition staff. Maintains discipline registration and/or license as required.
  • Prepares updates and/or reviews for quarterly, annual and other (IPN) reports for consumers.
  • Enters updates in the progress notes.
  • Develops individualized complex therapeutic menus, modified in nutrients and/or texture, as needed to meet special medical/physical needs of consumers. Calculates/evaluates specialized enteral feedings.

Job Requirements:

  • Functional skills and knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and how to electronically store files/documents on a computer.
  • Skill in providing nutrition care.
  • Knowledge of food and nutrition, food systems management, food science as documented by graduation from an accredited four year university or college plus completion of a dietetic internship or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of nutrition needs related to population, i.e. persons with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and/or behavioral issues.
  • Ability to counsel and train others in food and nutrition.
  • Ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition needs.
  • Ability to interact effectively with consumers, families, and staff.
  • Knowledge of food and nutrition, including normal and therapeutic nutrition.
  • Knowledge of food service standards and procedures, and food science principles.
  • Skill in professional oral and written communication.
  • Ability to perform basic and complex math calculations.
  • Ability to work with various teams.
  • Ability to interpret regulations, policies, and procedures.

Job Details:

Company: State Of Texas

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Denton, TX, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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