Nutrition Technician - Clinical Nutrition (0.001 FTE, Days)

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Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Part-Time
Shift: Days
Location:  Palo Alto CA 94303
Req: 18227
FTE: 0.001

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Nutrition Technician provides paraprofessional support to Registered Dietitians in assisting with the provision of clinical nutrition care. Specific responsibilities include the provision of technical functions in the implementation of nutrition care, including screening for nutritional risk, gathering pertinent data, following up on low nutrition risk patients, calculating and documenting nutrient intakes, collecting and modifying menus, communicating diet and menu information to patients, and problem-solving at the Nursing Unit level. All work is performed under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian in accordance with hospital and departmental policies.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

  •  Assists patients with menu selections; retrieves menus from patients.

  •  Conducts analysis of calorie and nutritional data on patients; calculates data and documents information in the medical record, communicates relevant information to Dietitian.

  •  Coordinates details of patient nutritional care, including meal and nourishment service for the assigned Nursing Units.

  •  Explains purpose of modified diets and orients the patient to the meal/menu service.

  •  Interviews and screens patients for nutritionally relevant data such as diet history, food preferences, food intolerances, food allergies, and other pertinent nutrition related information to determine nutrition needs and
    make referrals to the Registered Dietitian as appropriate.

  •  Modifies menus according to physician diet order, dietitian instructions, and departmental procedures.

  •  Performs nutritional screening per department protocol; collects data and reports to Dietitian.

  •  Monitors nutritional status in low to moderate risk patients and communicates change in status to RD.  Provides patient/family education for modified diets and/or special formulas as assigned.  Ensures education is family centered, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Bachelor's degree in a work-related discipline/field from an accredited college or university.

License: Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) or Nutrition/Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification. 

  •  Ability to closely follow policies and procedures and work independently after daily discussion with a Registered Dietitian.

  •  Ability to collect nutrition related data from patients or records.

  •  Ability to document nutritional care in medical records.

  •  Ability to plan menus and meal patterns for regular and modified diets.

  •  Knowledge of disease processes and nutrition care for patients in designated area.

  •  Knowledge of general influences of socioeconomic, cultural and psychological factors on food and nutrition behavior.

  •  Knowledge of medical terminology.

  •  Knowledge of modified diets and diet therapy.

  •  Knowledge of nutrition and nutrient composition of foods.

  •  Knowledge of nutritional needs throughout the life cycle (neonatal, infancy, pediatrics, adults and geriatrics) and general influences of socioeconomic, cultural and psychological factors on food and nutritional behavior.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Pay Range

Compensation is based on the level and requirements of the role.

Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, location, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

Typically, new team members join at the minimum to mid salary range.

Minimum to Midpoint Range (1.0 FTE): $78,624.00 to $89,221.60

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.