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The Registered Clinical Dietitian provides progressive, comprehensive medical nutrition therapy and education to all patients and/or caregivers in the inpatient setting at VA San Diego Medical Center. Veterans' care is professionally coordinated in an interdisciplinary venue, taking into consideration preventive as well as restorative care and relevant needs such as religious, cultural and age-specific.
- To provide Nutritional Care coverage for any Inpatient or Outpatient area.
- To continuously strive to provide effective medical nutrition therapy to all VASDHS patients as part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team through application of the science of nutrition to meet the changing healthcare needs of individuals.
- To promote an understanding of wellness through provision of nutrition education for restorative or preventive processes based on a comprehensive assessment of all factors that will impact the success of that education.
- A medical nutrition therapy assessment is performed utilizing knowledge of pathophysiology and etiology of disease states, knowledge of digestion, absorption, metabolism of nutrients and drug/nutrient interactions.
- A medical nutrition therapy care plan, with subsequent determination of a nutrition status, is developed and implemented following a thorough evaluation of information including that obtained through interviews and observation.
- The medical nutrition therapy plan is monitored using information from interdisciplinary healthcare team rounds, nutrition and medical records including lab data, weights and ongoing physician and nursing documentation to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan; conclusions are drawn and communicated to the appropriate healthcare team member.
- A reassessment of nutrition status is conducted and adjustments to the medical nutrition therapy plans are developed and documented; physician is advised of need for dietary changes and/or changes in nutrition status.
- An education assessment is completed and documented (addressing prior knowledge, understanding and compliance with the diet, readiness to learn and other issues pertinent to the education process) for patients on modified diets, with education accomplished and documented (addressing diet understanding, expected behavior changes and discharges education plans) during hospitalization; or, a referral is made for an Outpatient Nutrition Clinic visit during which an assessment, education and documentation will be completed.
- At the GS-9 level medical nutrition therapy notes (as in above a-c) will be reviewed by the Clinical Nutrition Manager and all Care Plans for complex Medical Conditions will be reviewed and approved.
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