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Registered Dietitian


Food and Nutrition


Food and Nutritional Services






Minimum Entry Level Qualifications

  1. Experience and/or level of competency:
  • Minimum of one year experience as a Registered Dietitian in acute care setting; rural health care experience preferred
  • Credentialed to work in the state of Texas
  • Certified Diabetes Educator preferred or working towards certification
  1. Academic Preparation:
  • Baccalaureate or post baccalaureate degree, conferred by a college or university regionally accredited at the time of conferral, with a major course of study in human nutrition, food and nutrition, nutrition education, dietetics, or food systems management; or an equivalent major course of study
  • Registered Dietitian, meeting the requirements established by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Job Summary:

Plans and delivers nutritional care to patients according to the physicians’ diagnoses. Performs as a member of the multidisciplinary care team. Screens newly admitted patients to identify those at nutritional risk. Supervises Nutritional Services Technicians and other support personnel. Exercises independent judgment under the general supervision of the Nutritional Services Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Assesses patients’ nutritional status according to established standards.
  • Obtains necessary information from the medical record to determine patient’s nutritional status.
  • Develops nutritional care plans for patients of any age including neonate, child, adolescent, geriatric and terminally ill patients.
  • Develops nutritional care plans based on the cultural orientation of the patient.
  • Evaluates the results of nutritional intervention on the patient’s nutritional status to determine the need to revise the nutritional care plan.
  • Improves patient’s nutritional status by consulting with physician on appropriate nutritional interventions.
  • Assists in developing and implementing patient nutrition care programs and ensures consistency of programs.
  • Interacts professionally with patient/family. Provides nutritional teaching and counseling to patient/family in making desired changes in eating habits.
  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Provides food-drug interrelationship information to physician.
  • Supervises Nutritional Services Technician in conducting nutritional screening and providing nutritional care to patients who are at low or moderate nutritional risk.
  • Assists in orienting and in servicing new employees to department.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned.
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