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    The Clinical Dietitian is the medical nutrition expert responsible for independently planning, developing and directing all nutritional care activities for assigned clients, including those with complex medical and nutritional needs. He/she supports the facility's mission and coordinates nutritional care with other health care providers, the client, the client's family and the community.

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    The Clinical Dietitian will be involved in the professional practice of dietetics in accordance with the guidance set forth in Nutrition and Food Service policies and procedures and VA regulations governing the practice of dietetics. The Clinical Dietitian may be scheduled and assigned to any nutrition practice area, and must possess the required knowledge and skills in order to perform Duties to include but not limited to:

    Nutritional Care:
    1. Conducts a comprehensive nutrition assessment for patients at nutritional risk.
    2. Develops and implements an individualized plan for medical nutrition therapy in accordance with the patient's medical program goals and objectives. Accurately obtains and interprets medical information pertinent to the patient's nutritional care to determine risk, assess nutritional status and develop individual specialized care plans to simultaneously address several disease processes.
    3. Calculates nutritional requirements (calories, protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, electrolytes, fluid) and necessary diet restrictions or food/drug interactions. Diet prescribed is tailored to each individual client's according to physical and metabolic needs and designs the nutritional treatment plan with consideration for psychosocial, behavioral, ethnic and cultural factors to obtain desirable outcomes and promote long term adherence to a medical nutritional care plan.
    4. May require a therapeutic plan for specialized nutrition support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition for patients with complex medical and nutritional needs. Identifies patients in need of nutrition support and recommends the appropriate mode of nutrition support, including suitable route, formula, and rate of administration. Provides initial and on-going nutritional assessments of patients receiving enteral and/or parenteral nutrition.
    5. Utilizes assessment and evaluation techniques that consider age-specific needs as well as cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns.
    6. Orders labs, diets and consults per Scope of Practice/Clinical privileges.
    7. Evaluates and monitors the effectiveness and outcome of medical nutrition therapy interventions. Evaluates the patient's response to care based on identified, measurable outcomes and reviews the plan as appropriate.
    8. Documents nutrition care plan in the patient's medical record, including nutrition assessment data, medical nutrition therapy initiated and recommendations, results of nutrition counseling and discharge planning.
    9. Works cooperatively with Foodservice staff to assure conformance to diet prescriptions
    Nutrition Education:
    1. Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for individuals and groups, incorporating a learning approach that considers the cultural, religious, educational, and medical situation of the patient. Includes information regarding budgeting, menu planning, food purchasing and preparation, food storage and sanitation.
    2. Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family. Adapts nutrition education materials and counseling techniques to client's level of understanding.
    3. Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with patient's treatment goals, referring patients for outpatient counseling, community or home health service as appropriate.
    4. Assists in the education of dietetic students and interns. Plans learning experiences, teaches, and evaluates performance.
    Business/Supervisory Functions:
    1. Maintains productivity standards and practices, effective time management, and prioritizing of tasks.
    2. Protects confidentiality of patient information.
    Quality Improvement/Research:
    1. Supports Performance Improvement activities by participating in the development of nutritional care indicators, evaluation criteria, collecting continuous quality improvement data, monitoring outcomes and initiating corrective actions.
    2. Participates in planning and developing nutrition-related policies, procedures, and goals.
    Participation as a Member of the Health Care Team:
    1. Serves as the nutrition expert on the interdisciplinary treatment team which includes physicians, nurses, and other allied health professionals.
    2. Serves as a member of the VAMC inspection team for the state veterans homes and community nursing homes.
    Professional Development:
    1. Maintains dietetic registration and continuing education requirements
    2. Keeps informed of regulations and requirements for education, reimbursement, and research.
    Customer Service:
    1. Is courteous to all patients, staff, and visitors. Treats everyone with respect. Works as a team member and is flexible. Uses constructive comments when a problem is encountered.
    2. Communicates effectively and appropriately with staff using computer e-mail, telephone, written, one-on-one or group verbal methods.

    Work Schedule: Sunday-Thursday/ Monday-Friday (alternating Sundays/Fridays); 8:00am to 4:30pm
    Duty Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
    Financial Disclosure Report: Required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/567376400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.