The Nutrition Transplant Specialist researches nutritional requirements of patients with complicated medical conditions and develops care plans. This position provides nutrition therapy and education to patients, family members, and community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Performs nutritional assessment of patients with complicated medical conditions using advanced biochemical, clinical and anthropometric data. Analyzes patient medical and non medical information through interviewing patients and care givers, and reviewing medical records interpreting and applying results.
Assesses calorie, protein, fluid, vitamin, mineral, insulin and electrolyte needs. Formulates and individualizes intravenous and enteral nutrition therapy with macro and micronutrient manipulation. Determines total parental nutrition therapy rates and duration of infusion. Monitors biochemical indices, recommends laboratory test and evaluates intolerance and causes. Develops tube feeding orders and protocols, and prescribes tube feeding formulations. Develops care plans.
Provides individual and group nutrition counseling on complex diets requiring a combination of restrictions. Assesses factors affecting dietary compliance; socio economic factors, past history, family dynamics, etc. Determines and implements dietary plans. Provides information on fitness and exercise as related to weight management and diet. Documents pertinent information in appropriate medical record, and monitors patient to determine need for appropriate modification in nutritional management.
Participates in multi-disciplinary patient rounds, case conferences and discharge planning in order to gather and exchange information. Surveys patient response to care plans to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care. Participates in various meetings related to nutrition education, patient care standards, or dietetic internship programs in order to gather and exchange information.
Researches, develops, and delivers educational and instructional programs and classes for patients, families, staff, dietetic interns, community groups and other interested healthcare professionals. Develops nutrition educational tools such as handouts, pamphlets, booklets, etc. Documents training programs for staff. Assists with training, instruction and evaluation of dietetic interns. Develops nutrition classes, educational materials and curriculum for dietetic internship program.
Participates in research studies through data collection and literature reviews or as co-investigator. Develops and delivers presentations on research related topics. Evaluates and appropriately utilizes pertinent current research information related to nutritional care.
Participates in quality assurance programs by assisting in the development of patient care criteria and analyzing actual care delivered.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Critical thinking to integrate facts, informed opinions, active listening, and observations.
Strong decision making, problem-solving and collaboration required.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish productive working relationships with multidisciplinary team and support services required.
Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form to patients, pubic, medical staff and physicians.
Ability to maintain current knowledge of nutrition services through reading literature, attending workshops, seminars, conferences and by participating in professional organizations.
Ability to organize tasks and function independently.
Ability to counsel and motivate others.
Accountable for the proper use of patient protected health information.
Basic computer skills
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!