Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top dozen medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. Our Nutrition department has an outstanding opening for a full-time, registered dietitian. The Registered Dietitian 2 position at UWMC is responsible for assessing the nutritional status and developing evidence-based nutrition care plans for patients in an acute care setting. The position requires understanding the complexities of the role of nutrition support in critical care; expertise in alternative feeding modalities such as TPN and Tube feeding; and maintaining current knowledge of best practices in nutrition care. He/she is also responsible for providing patient education; facilitating communication between other members of the Food Service Department and healthcare teams; overseeing the role of the diet technician; and working with interns and students on a yearly basis.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:Design evidence-based nutrition care plans for high acuity inpatient population based on their nutrition diagnosis and as outlined by departmental standards of care protocols and policies.Provide ongoing evaluation and monitoring of patients by documenting their progression toward meeting prescribed goals in the electronic medical record and by communicating with other members of the healthcare team.Provide recommendations for nutrition support. This includes appropriate recommendations for diet prescriptions as well as for tube feeding and TPN.Provide effective nutrition education to patients and their care providers that takes into consideration their learning abilities, readiness to learn, and cultural beliefs. Actively participate in patient care conferences, discharge rounds, and other interdisciplinary care and process improvement teams.Maintain current clinical knowledge of best practices for nutrition and actively participate in the process of developing and reevaluating standards of care protocols.Assist with the supervision and oversight of the diet technicians.Precept dietetic interns and UW Nutrition Graduate students on a yearly basis.Model UW Medicine service culture guidelines and exemplify Patients are First philosophy.Position the Nutrition Department to exceed expectations of the medical/surgical teams by developing rapport with physicians, nurse managers, and patient care unitsChampion the departmental wellness initiative by participating in taste-testing; contributing to internet/intranet site; promoting the efforts of patient food services and retail operations throughout the organization; and participating in the coordination of care between clinical team and the kitchen.This position will require the advanced understanding of the specific nutrition needs for organ transplant patients as well as general understanding of the role of nutrition in general surgery, cardiology; solid organ transplant; dialysis and for those patients admitted to the General Medicine Services.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's Degree with major in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition or Food Service Administration; completion of American Dietetic Association approved dietetic education program; Registered Dietitian status; 24 months recent full-time experience as an R.D. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.