Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures.
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Orange County, CA) has consistently been named one of Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an achievement gained by just 1% of the nation’s hospitals. It has also been honored among Truven Health Analytics’ Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., consecutively voted Orange County’s #1 Best Hospital in the Orange County Register’s Best of Orange County poll of readers and has appeared on both Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters’ lists of America’s Best Hospitals. Saddleback Memorial’s U.S. News & World Report “high-performance” ranking categories included Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
To provide routine and specialized clinical nutrition services to patients, clients and the community. To communicate between food production personnel, patients and families/caregivers, physicians, and hospital staff to ensure accurate, appropriate, cost effective, high quality nutritional care delivery in accordance with Food & Nutrition Department standards, policies and procedures. The clinical dietitian II spends the majority of the assigned time with patients requiring specialized knowledge and certification. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. It is expected that the employee demonstrate behavior consistent with the core values. The employee shall support Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s strategic plan and the goals and direction of the performance improvement plan.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the Job
Assess, plan and monitor the nutritional status of hospitalized patients.
Responsible for providing specialized level nutrition care to meet the demand of high acuity patient in corresponding specialized area.
Communicate and document the nutrition plan of care using the Nutrition Care Process.
Plan and monitor nutrition support activities.
Plan and provide nutritional counseling/education to inpatients, outpatients, and groups.
Organize, prioritize and multitask to achieve expected productivity
Communicates with health care team, public, management and others regarding nutrition topics.
Monitor and support diet technician and diet office activities.
Attends department specific education/training, in services, staff meetings
Participates in department specific performance improvement projects, and provides input to improve departmental operations, equipment and supply needs
Possesses and maintains knowledge and skills of job specific competencies.
Demonstrates positive influence and recognizes the efforts of others.
Displays a high standard of professional behavior and dress.
Minimum three years’ experience as a clinical dietitian in an acute care setting (Master’s Degree may substitute for one year clinical experience)
Expertise in normal and therapeutic nutrition, medical terminology and abbreviations; nutritional assessment and care planning; nutrition counseling and verbal and written communication.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and written in English
Excellent organization and prioritization skills necessary
Basic computer skills
Demonstrated passion and expertise in one or more areas of nutrition highly desirable
Education/Licenses/Certifications Bachelor degree in Dietetic Nutrition, Master's degree preferred. CDR credentialed Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Current registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Specialty Certification - CNSC preferred. Completion of Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics or advanced degree with ACEND qualifying experience.