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Nutritionist Part-Time, 52% - 40005373

Durham, NC (Durham County)

Posted 03/14/2024

Nutritionist Part-Time, 52% - 40005373
Date: Mar 7, 2024
Location: Durham, NC, US
Company: Durham County
Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees, and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.
DEPARTMENT: Public Health Services
DATE POSTED: March 7, 2024
CLOSING DATE: March 28, 2024
HIRING RANGE: $55,366.00-74,711.00
JOB TYPE: Part-Time, 52% FTE
Provides medical nutrition therapy and nutrition services for pediatric patients and families referred by physicians, other medical providers, and agency clinical staff in clinic and home visit settings. Conducts in-depth consultation with members of patient care team. Reliable transportation a must.
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
• Provides medical nutrition therapy for children, particularly medically fragile infants, and young children with multiple medical and nutrition problems. Referrals from local physicians and other clinicians.
• Medical nutrition therapy is provided in a home or treatment area away from direct program supervision.
• Medical nutrition therapy involves patient/caregiver/guardian consultation to assess the nutritional status and develop a plan of care based on evidence-based nutrition/medical standards. Uses motivational interviewing to assess readiness and competency for change.
• Independently selects assessment techniques and intervention strategies that meet the needs of patient age, economic, literacy, cultural, religious, and ethnic concerns.
• Initiates collaboration with patient care provider regarding nutritional assessment, intervention and plan of care as needed.
• Independently identifies education needs and intervention method.
• Collaborates with community programs and resources to achieve outcome goals. (i.e., Care Coordination 4 Children, Infant-Toddler service coordinator, speech, occupational, and physical therapists, school nurse, medical social workers).
• Documents Medical Nutrition Therapy in the medical record per agency standards.
• Communicates nutrition findings/diagnosis, intervention, and plan of care to the referring physician.
• Completes documentation for billing per department policy.
• Provides expert nutrition assistance, consultation, and training to medical staff and other allied health professionals.
• Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates nutrition education materials.
• Performs related work as assigned.
• Requires strong clinical nutrition skills.
• Good medical record documentation skills.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work well independently and with a team.
• Working knowledge of human behavior and techniques for effecting behavior change. Considerable knowledge of disease pathophysiology in relation to nutritional theories and practices.
• Considerable knowledge and skill in nutrition and dietary assessment techniques (anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary), and in interpretation of data.
• Thorough knowledge of principles of normal and therapeutic nutrition and drug and nutrient interaction at all stages of life.
• Skill in writing clear, concise entries in clients’ health/medical records.
• Skill in the processes of interviewing and counseling.
• Skill in understanding individual’s socio-economic status and lifestyles with respect for individual differences.
• Skill in monitoring and maintaining quality standards of nutrition care using current standards of practice.
• Skill in organization and management of time and resources.
• Skills in oral and written communication.
Master's degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, or Nutrition from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of related experience and holding the credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; or Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, or Nutrition from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of related experience and holding the credential of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: ADA Commission on Dietetic Registration and NC Dietitian/Nutritionist License. Note: Must submit copy of Registered Dietitian card and LDN cards with application.
• Bilingual skills in Spanish
• Candidates with a Master's Degree preferred
To further the mission of the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) to partner with our community to advance health equity, protect the environment, and promote health and wellness for all, DCoDPH is implementing the employee vaccination and tuberculosis screening policies. All DCoDPH employees are considered healthcare personnel (HCP) working in a health care setting with the potential for exposure to patients and/or infectious materials and, therefore, are required to comply and provide documented proof of the following:
• Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination/immunity
• Varicella-Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox) vaccination/immunity
• Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
• Tuberculosis (TB) baseline screening within the last twelve (12) months prior to employment
• Hepatitis B vaccination/immunity – only required for DCoDPH employees with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposures.
Identified DCoDPH HCP with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposure have an additional requirement for the Hepatitis B vaccination. Required vaccination, serological testing to determine immunity, and baseline tuberculosis screening are available for all Public Health employees who elect to become DCoDPH patients upon request and at no cost. Proof of vaccination and tuberculosis screening must be provided to Human Resources within seven (7) business days prior to the date of employment.
Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer