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Providence Lead Clinical Dietitian in Torrance, California


Providence is calling a Lead Clinical Dietitian (Full time/Day shift) to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California.

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We are seeking a Lead Clinical Dietitian who will oversee the Clinical Nutrition Services provided to all patients. Integrate and maintain the therapeutic needs of patients in coordination with the provision of optimal nutritional services. Coordinate nutrition services in conjunction with the Medical Staff, Nursing Staff and other departments. Ensure the quality, safety and appropriateness of services and maintains compliance with all government and regulatory agencies including JCAHO and DHS. Under general supervision, oversees and provides nutritional care to hospital patients. Provide patient care to the following age groups: premature infants, infants, pediatrics, adolescents, young, middle and older adults.

In this position you will:

  • Prioritize and organize workload according to established department guidelines and complete work by the end of the shift

  • Delegate basic patient nutritional duties to the Clinical Dietitian, Diet Technician and Diet Clerk according to established department guidelines

  • Assess current nutritional intake status and or needs of all assigned patients appropriately and according to established guidelines

  • Appropriately develop and implement individualized diet regimes for all assigned patients including:

  • Clarify inappropriate diet orders

  • Recommend appropriate diet changes

  • Recommend appropriate diet instructions

  • Recommend and or initiates appropriate calorie counts

  • Oversee all modified diets, update patient cardexes and monitor patient menus and between meal nourishments in the specified time according to policy

  • Interview all assigned patients/significant others to obtain information regarding food preferences, allergies, eating patterns and nutritional intake problems for assessment and implementation of appropriate diet regimes

  • Calculate specialized diet regimes, enteral and parenteral feedings and calorie counts with a 98% accuracy rate

  • Counsel patients and or family members regarding their diet education needs and potential food drug interactions in an effective manner

  • Inventory and order nutritional supplements and tube feedings

  • Enter pertinent information accurately in to the automated diet office system

  • Documentation/Information Management:

  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the electronic medical record and interdisciplinary documentation component

  • Perform documentation in the electronic medical record which is concise, accurate and timely according to established policy

  • Written work is grammatically correct, understandable, complete and appropriate for the intended recipient

  • Communicate in a clear concise, calm and constructive manner

  • Maintain the strictest level of confidentiality with all patient and hospital information

  • Leadership/Supervision:

  • Ability to be a self starter and work with minimal supervision. Appropriately schedules Clinical Dietitians and Diet Technicians according to approved payroll budget and hospital policies while minimizing overtime

  • Share on-call responsibility with CNM on weekend and holidays, in the event that a Clinical Dietitian is not available

  • Assist CNM in ensuring compliance with all departmental policies and procedures

  • Objectively evaluate employee's work performance as shown by their consistently following job requirements and prior to deadlines

  • Keep moral high even in the face of changes and transition

  • Provide adequate job orientation for employees

  • Provide high quality of services and maintains good productivity and efficiency skills

  • Instill employee ownership and responsibility of the mission

  • Development:

  • Assume responsibility and accountability for own professional growth and practice. This includes maintaining current registration status

  • Act as a clinical preceptor, provide feedback and evaluation to interns from various dietetic internship programs

  • Attend all department staff meetings and inservices while on duty

  • Conduct in-services as requested

  • Develop nutritional handouts as requested

  • Conduct and/or participates in hospital educational events

  • Attend at least 2 full day (minimum 10 units) dietetic seminars per year

  • Performance Improvement:

  • Conduct and participate in assigned Performance Improvement projects including correcting deficiencies identified

  • Present solutions when presenting problems

  • Effectively and consistently deals with resistance to change

  • Budgetary:

  • Responsible for knowledge of and compliance with budget

  • Able to schedule employees according to approved payroll budget as shown by the incurment of overtime only when it is absolutely necessary

  • Evaluate product usage in all areas of service for quality and appropriateness

  • Consistently swipe in and out for the work day and meal period at the appropriate times


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics or related field.

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved internship or equivalent educ/experience

  • Registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration

  • 2 years dietetics experience in a hospital setting

  • Experience in computers and hand held computers

  • Requires the ability to establish and maintain a courteous and cooperative (service-oriented) working relationship with patients, families, visitors, hospital staff and co-workers

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • 3 years dietetics experience in a hospital setting

About the hospital you will serve:

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is a 436-bed non-profit hospital serving the greater South Bay communities of Los Angeles since 1960. We are proud of our reputation for clinical excellence, use of advanced technology, and a distinct focus on providing care with a personal, healing touch. In addition to the finest general medical, surgical, and critical care services, we offer a number of specialty programs including Cardiovascular Services, Women’s and Children’s Health, Oncology, and Emergency Care.

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is the only South Bay area hospital to be named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health; a distinction we have held four years in a row. As a recent recipient of the Premier Award for Quality by the Premier healthcare alliance and the American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality, our commitment to outstanding patient care and operational efficiency is clear.

As a member of Providence Health & Services, a Catholic-sponsored healthcare ministry, we believe strongly in respecting the dignity of each person and give special concern to the most vulnerable members of our community.

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As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

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Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Dieticians and Clinical Nutrition Specialists (Licensed)

Location: California-Torrance

Req ID: 276581