New Inpatient Dietitian Specialist F/T

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 176934-1A
Date Posted: Jun 14, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Position Summary:
Under the general supervision of the Clinical Manager, the Dietitian Specialist in Nutrition Support assesses the
nutritional status and plans nutritional intervention and care for patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and
all hospitalized patients receiving total parenteral nutrition. Provides care to critically ill patients. Instructs dietitians,
students, resident fellows and nursing staff on principles of nutrition support; acts as a liaison with home care
companies. Develops and promotes collaborative practice and collegial relationships with physicians and other disciplines
as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Essential Duties; Responsibilities including but not limited to:
1) Screens patient medical record and assesses patients within 24 hours of identification.
2) Utilizes the medical record to obtain pertinent objective data.
3) Completes a comprehensive assessment based on medical record data and/or interview with the
patient/family or
other members of the healthcare team.
4) Calculates metabolic needs, ie energy, protein, fluid and other specific nutrients.
5) Recommends appropriate nutrition support based on subjective and objective data.
6) Assesses patients based on religious, cultural and ethnic beliefs.
7) Documents nutrition care plan within established time frame based on standards of care.
8) Documents desired outcomes specific to the individual patient problem(s), diagnosis (s), learning
capabilities/limitations and progress towards established goals.
9) Documents care plan legibly and signs appropriately.
10) Requests from physicians additional data needed for thorough evaluations (i.e. lab values, urine collection,
weight) and adjusts nutrition care plan accordingly.
11) Reviews care plan/TPN orders on a daily basis and revises care plan according to patient progress or lack
of progress toward goals.
12) Executes nutrition interventions in accordance with the latest research in nutrition support, physiology and
scientific knowledge.
13) In conjunction with the Nutrition Support Service, reviews lab data for home TPN patients, adjusts TPN
based on lab values. Coordinates transition off TPN to resumption of oral diet.
14) Educates patients based on cultural, religious and ethnic beliefs.
15) Individualizes patient education materials based on patient age and comprehension levels.
16) Documents education including evidence of family teaching (as applicable), measurable understanding of
principles discussed and assessment of anticipated compliance.
17) Counsels patients on potential food/drug interactions with respect to coumadin, lithium and MAO Inhibitors.
18) Communicates nutrition care information when patients are transferred to the care of staff dietitians;
remains available for staff consultation and input on the care of the patient following transition.
19) Informs Nurses, Case Managers and other members of the healthcare team of any changes in nutritional
status, progress or education that will impact the discharge plan.
20) Completes Page 3 referral form to communicate nutrition intervention to extended care facilities, home care
agencies, etc.
21) In conjunction with the case managers, makes referrals for home TPN and incorporates patients into
Nutrition Support Service to monitor TPN/patient progress on an outpatient basis.
22) In the Ambulatory Clinic, evaluates appropriateness and effectiveness of therapy for patients receiving
home nutrition support. Adjusts the nutrition prescription regimen as needed to meet patient’s nutritional requirements
and re-educates patient/caretaker as indicated.
23) Documents all outpatient clinic visits in the clinic medical record.
24) Documents pertinent intervention information in patient’s HealthTouch for Nutrition Care Coordinators’ use.
25) Maintains accurate weekly productivity logs.
26) Precepts dietetic students.
27) Completes rotating consults within 24 hours.
28) Maintains strict adherence to the Lahey Clinic Confidentiality policy.
29) Incorporates Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles and Mission Statement into daily activities.
30) Complies with all Lahey Clinic Policies.
31) Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.
32) Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
33) Demonstrates an understanding of job description, performance expectations, and competency
34) Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently
adheres to our Customer Service standards.
35) Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
36) Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.37) Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Licensure, Certification, Registration: Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and
certification as a Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) with the American Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition
Experience: 2 years of recent clinical experience in an acute care setting providing care to adult and geriatric
patients with a portion of that time spent in delivering nutrition support.


Full time 40 hours


About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.