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Vanderbilt is a leader in treating digestive disorders. We use the most advanced techniques and technology in the region. Our pioneering research, highly trained providers and dedicated staff have led U.S. News and World Report to rank us among the top 25 digestive disease centers in America.
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Assesses nutrition status of patients with complex medical conditions. Develops, implements and evaluates outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients at nutrition risk.
Initiates changes in care plans as needed.
Provides nutrition education and counseling to patients, families, and the community.
Trains dietetic interns and other health care students.
Participates in clinical nutrition outcomes research and conducts independent outcomes research in area of clinical practice.
The clinic specializes in providing nutritional support interventions for various complex patient populations. Each patient is thoroughly assessed from a medical and nutritional standpoint so that the highest level of care is provided.
Clinical competencies for the position include (but are not limited to the following):
Initiates nutritional assessments of malnutrition patients according to patient needs including age, social and physical ability, disease state and progression, and physical signs of malnutrition
Accurately obtains new patient physical assessment measurement
Effectively utilizes practice guidelines to appropriately develop patient focused nutrition care plans
Accurately assesses patient's micronutrient needs and determines appropriate feeding regimens to meet these needs
Provides nutrition counseling and education
Effectively counsels malnourished patients regarding nutrition therapy adherence based on established nutrition care plans as discussed with supervising physician
Appropriately assesses with laboratory monitoring of patients receiving enteral or parenteral nutrition and makes recommendations for formula changes when needed
2-3 years of clinical experience and CNSC (Certified Nutrition Support Certification)
Recognized standards for practice are the AMA, ANA, ASPEN, and ADA guidelines. The applicant should have familiarity with these standards.
The position will be filled by a professional with experience in nutrition support, patient counseling, and nutritional assessment. The dietitian is registered with the credentialing body of the American Dietetic Association and is also licensed in the state of Tennessee.
Assesses nutrition status and implements nutrition care plans to address identified nutrition diagnoses for patients with complex medical conditions, including critically ill patients and patients on enteral and/or parenteral nutrition support, using extensive knowledge and expertise, the Nutrition Care Process and standardized nutrition terminology in documentation.
Monitors nutrition progress and reassesses nutrition status of critically ill patients and patients with complex medical conditions, adjusting the nutrition care plan when needed.
Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients, families and caregivers, and the community, using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines, appropriate instructional methods and tools, and case management as needed to implement nutrition interventions.
Trains dietetic interns, other students, and health care professionals by planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating clinical experiences and/or teaching classes.
Conducts nutrition outcomes research in area of clinical practice and/or conducts or participates in collaborative nutrition investigational research.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
EVIDENCE-BASED NUTRITION PRACTICE - (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of integrating nutrition evidence from multiple sources to determine if a practice change should occur. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering evidence-based nutrition practice without requiring support and instruction from others.
PATIENT ASSESSMENT - (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of patient assessments in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
NUTRITION THERAPY - (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of nutrition therapy in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
PATIENT COUNSELING - (INTERMEDIATE): - Demonstrates mastery of patient counseling in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering counseling services without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving technical instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.
Organizational Impact: Independently delivers on objectives with understanding of how they impact the results of own area/team and other related teams.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Utilizes multiple sources of data to analyze and resolve complex problems; may take a new perspective on existing solution.
Breadth of Knowledge: Has advanced knowledge within a professional area and basic knowledge across related areas.
Team Interaction: Acts as a go-to resource for colleagues with less experience; may lead small project teams.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P3):
- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P3):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
- Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P3):
- Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P3):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (P3):
- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
* Monday - Friday; Days
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VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
* US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
* Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
* Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
* The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
* National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
* Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
* Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
* American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US
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