Company: North Texas State Hospital - Wichita Falls Campus
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 14, 2022
Dietetic & Nutrition Spec II -
Clinical Nutritionist -
The Nutritionist II performs complex nutrition services work. Work
involves providing training to staff and family members, assessing
nutritional status of consumers using laboratory and anthropometric
data to monitor nutritional status, planning special therapeutic
menus modified for one or more nutrients and textures, serving as a
member of the Inter-Disciplinary Team and project teams, preparing
reports, providing quality assurance monitoring of menu and
nutrition services activities, and providing technical assistance.
May supervise the work of others. Complies with departmental and
ICF/IID regulations. Works under general supervision of the
Nutritionist III (Senior Clinical Nutritionist), or designated
supervisor, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a
specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule,
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave
policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Provides Medical Nutrition Therapy for ambulatory and medically
fragile consumers. Evaluates nutritional status of consumers, and
develops, implements, and evaluates nutritional care plans based on
consumer needs and expectations, evidenced based professional
knowledge/standards, and professional experience.
Prepares updates and/or reviews for quarterly, annual and other
(IPN) reports for consumers. Enters updates in the progress
Develops individualized complex therapeutic menus, modified in
nutrients and/or texture, as needed to meet special
medical/physical needs of consumers. Calculates/evaluates
specialized enteral feedings.
Functions as a member of the Inter-Disciplinary Team, the Physical
and Nutritional Management Team and other clinically related teams
in developing care plans for individuals at moderate to high
nutritional risk. Works toward team consensus in supporting
Counsels and trains consumers, staff, and families on nutritional
principles, modified diet plans and food selection to support
achievement of the best nutrition care for individuals. Develops
education programs and materials.
Consults with food service department to provide accurate and
timely information on menu changes, special diets and food
textures. Approves menu changes for compliance with regulations and
nutrient standards. Develops and conducts in-service training for
staff on nutrition principles, therapeutic diets, and related
subjects upon request. May conduct quality assurance meal
Participates in Quality Assurance audits and on-going monitoring
related to Nutrition Services, Meal Service, or other disciplines
upon request. Assists in developing departmental policies and
procedures. May supervise nutrition staff. Maintains discipline
registration and/or license as required.
Completes required training as required by agency policy.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively
participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the
agencys obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or
Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may
require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Skill in providing nutrition care.
Knowledge of food and nutrition, food systems management, food
science as documented by graduation from an accredited four year
university or college plus completion of a dietetic internship or
Knowledge of food and nutrition, including normal and therapeutic
Knowledge of food service standards and procedures, and food
Knowledge of nutrition needs related to population, i.e. persons
with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and/or
Ability to counsel and train others in food and nutrition.
Ability to evaluate and communicate nutrition needs.
Ability to interact effectively with consumers, families, and
Ability to work with various teams.
Ability to interpret regulations, policies, and procedures.
Skill in professional oral and written communication.
Ability to perform basic and complex math calculations.
Functional skills and knowledge of computer word processing,
spreadsheets, e-mail and how to electronically store
files/documents on a computer.
Knowledge of common drug/nutrient interactions which impact
Ability to develop and evaluate nutrition service plans and
Skill in medical nutritional therapy.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Current registration as a Dietitian (R.D or R.D.N.) with the
American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic
Registration and/or current licensure as a Dietitian (L.D.) with
the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Minimum of 1 year of experience as a Registered Dietitian/Licensed
Dietitian in a health care facility working with persons at
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19
medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which
are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check,
pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the
Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide,
Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of
Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 25
must be registered with the Selective Service.
All state supported living center employees are subject to random
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The
position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered
for employment at a state-operated facility.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection
criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this
position may include: 68M, 65C, 230X, 98, 43DX, MED10. All active
duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged
to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information
see the Texas State Auditors Military Crosswalk at
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
- Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS
agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring
and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability.
If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact
the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are
contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in
the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the
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