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The Nutrition Services Department employs about 240 staff and serves approximately 1500 patient meals and more than 5000 employee and guest meals daily.
The goal of Nutrition Services is to provide excellent care to patients and their families during their visit to Vanderbilt Medical Center.
JOB CODE INFORMATION:
Job Code: 3635
Job Stream Description: Professional
JOB SUMMARY: Assesses nutrition status of pediatric GI patients and identifies nutrition diagnoses. Develops, implements and evaluates outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients. Initiates changes in care plans as needed. Provides nutrition education and counseling to patients, families, and the community. Trains dietetic interns and other health care students.
Assesses nutrition status and implements nutrition care plans to address identified nutrition diagnoses for patients with common medical conditions, using the Nutrition Care Process and standardized nutrition terminology in documentation.
Monitors nutrition progress and reassesses nutrition status of patients/clients with common medical conditions, adjusting the nutrition care plan when needed.
Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients, families and caregivers, and the community, using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and appropriate instructional methods and tools.
Trains dietetic interns and other students by planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating clinical experiences and/or teaching classes.
The responsibilities listed are a general overview of the position and additional duties may be assigned.
EVIDENCE-BASED NUTRITION PRACTICE - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully search for nutrition evidence to answer clinical questions. Generally works under the direction of others while accomplishing assignments.
DIETETIC PATIENT ASSESSMENT - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate the ability to assess patients in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Demonstrates ability to recognize nutrition problems and to contact the patient's care provider related to nutrition interventions. Has experience in gathering important clinical data that may aid in referral, treatment, or other primary care pathways.
NUTRITION THERAPY - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate nutrition therapy in practical applications of moderate difficulty.
PATIENT COUNSELING - (NOVICE): - Possesses sufficient fundamental proficiency to successfully demonstrate patient counseling in practical applications of moderate difficulty. Generally works under the direction of others while accomplishing assignments.
Organizational Impact: Delivers job responsibilities that impact own job area/team with some guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Uses existing procedures, research and analysis to solve standard job related problems that may require some judgement.
Breadth of Knowledge: Requires subject matter knowledge within a professional area to meet job requirements.
Team Interaction: Individually contributes to project/ work teams.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P1):
- Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues' priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas.
- Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P1):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service.
- Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P1):
- Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P1):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (P1):
- Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them.
- Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.
- Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
VUMC Recent Accomplishments
Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology ( Bill Wilkerson Center ), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
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