• Clinical Dietitian Lead

    Catholic Health Initiatives Lufkin, TX 75903

    Job #2277036101

  • Clinical Dietitian Lead

    St. Luke's Health - Memorial - LufkinLufkin, Texas

    Requisition ID 2022-255151 Employment Type Full Time Department Nutrition Services Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Varies Weekly Schedule FT - 8 hour shifts Remote No Category Nutrition and Food Services


    St. Luke's Health-Memorial paves the way for quality innovative health care in East Texas and provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year. With hospitals in Lufkin Livingston and San Augustine St. Luke's Health-Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.


    Coordinates and assists with clinical nutrition administrative duties and mentors Clinical Dietitians, students, performs administrative duties, and participates in patient satisfaction, quality management, and performance improvement projects and meetings. Collaborates with the leadership in Food and Nutrition Services, as well as leadership in other departments as it relates to patient care and nutrition. Performs duties of Clinical Dietitian II on a regular basis.

    • Conducts patient screening in accordance with specialized clinical guidelines for those at a specific nutritional risk.

    • Perform nutritional assessment using age and gender appropriate standards, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds; and utilizing validated assessment tools resulting in nutrition related diagnosis when indicated. Conducts routine screening to identify patients at nutritional risk. Collaborates within an interdisciplinary environment to contribute to facilitating care and identifying patients at nutrition risk or needing higher level of care.Develops an intervention plan which includes appropriate feeding route, mode, and nutrition prescription unique to patient's specific needs, in accordance with physicians' orders. Monitors and evaluates patient response to interventions by meeting specific measurable goals documented in the nutrition care plan in a timely and thorough manner in the medical record.

    • Implements targeted and specific nutrition intervention(s) based on the specific medical condition. Provides customized nutrition education to patients and/or families and caregivers. Actively participates as a member of the multi-specialty, interdisciplinary care team to contribute toward overall patient care.

    • Closely monitors, evaluates and rescreens patient nutrition status as appropriate. Updates plan of care as necessary. Follows up with patient as needed.

    • For neonates and pediatric patients, coordinates nutrition services with California Children's Services for patients covered by CCS.Supports patient interactive positions (i.e. dietitians, diet clerks, etc.) and provides for the operational needs of these positions. Collaborates in maintaining regulatory compliance (including TJC, CMS, state specific department of health, etc.) and infection control practices.

    • Promotes a positive patient experience by maintaining communication with patients, staff, and guests and providing excellent customer service.

    • This data is relayed to the management team and/or staff whenever necessary. Supports in maintaining adequate staffing for clinical daily needs reflecting cost efficiency. Collaborates in the process of menu development for patient. Supports in managing the facility diet manual, as well as patient diet and nutritional compliance, and participates in hospital committees as needed (e.g., Quality and P&T committees). May also act as the highest ranking RD as needed.

    • Participates in peer reviews and chart audits, and collaborates in Diet Manual Handbook training for all clinical staff (new Registered Dietitians, nurses, therapists, physicians, etc.), including how to access it in hard and soft copy.

    • Coordinates and leads training/development of Clinical Dietitians I & II, patient interactive positions (i.e. dietitians, diet clerks, etc.), as well as other positions as needed. This may include leading Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) training sessions and workshops for overall hospital clinical staff such as nurses, therapists, and physicians.


    Education and Licensure Required:

    • Bachelor's Degree with completion of accredited dietitian program (ACEND - Accreditation Councils for Education in Nutrition Dietetics)

    • Valid registration as a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Current (within the past 12 month) ServSafe® Allergen and Food Handler Certifications. If not currently certified, certification to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

    • Must have at least one advanced Board Certification or paneled with CCS as a Specialist: Pediatric, Renal, Gerontological, Pediatric Critical Care, Oncology Nutrition, Sports Dietetics, or Obesity and Weight Management. Board certification Specialist in oncology, Pediatric and Pediatric critical care, Renal, and Gerontological. Also Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (NBNSC)-ASPEN, Certified Diabetes Care and Education specialist (NCBDE). Outpatient/Wellness Center/Rehabilitation -Board certified specialist in Sports Dietetics, obesity and weight management.

    • Paneled with California Children's Services or meets eligibility requirements within 6 months of hire date is required for all dietitians working with neonate and pediatric patients.

    Experience Required:

    • At least two (2) years as a Clinical Dietitian II at Dignity Health or four (4) years acute hospital experience working with patients in more complex level of care to specialized population (e.g., pediatric, bariatric, ICU, etc).


    The job summary and responsibilities listed above are designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed within this job. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all job responsibilities required of employees assigned to this job. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

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