Dietitian II - Pediatrics Gastroenterology

Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Nov 18, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job no: 515125
Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Health Profession
Department:29091000 - MD-PEDS-GASTROENTEROLOGY

Advertised: 17 Nov 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 17 Dec 2020 Eastern Standard Time

Classification Title:

Dietitian II

Job Description:

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the College of Medicine, University of Florida is part of the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital and provides for the care of children who have gastrointestinal and liver diseases and disorders. This position will provide assessment and medical nutrition therapy for pediatric gastroenterology (PED GI) patients in clinic settings, provide education of patients and establish pathways to achieve optional nutritional objectives. This position interacts daily with the GI faculty who provide guidance, assessment and direction for patient care problems. Provide telephone follow-up of and communicate patients’ nutritional requirements. Train nurses and other health care providers of the GI team in the educational needs of patients and in providing telephone follow-up. Supervised by Division Chief.

Specific duties to include:

Provides assessment and education to: a) newly diagnosed, b) established, and, c) hospitalized PED GI patients seen in GI Clinics. Assesses each patient’s knowledge base, skills, comprehension, compliance, and educational needs in order to determine essential education needs required to manage their care. Plans and evaluates diets and food service menus for patients. Establishes treatment plans and communicates with GI patients regarding program compliance. Meets directly with patients to identify educational needs; provides individual instruction, utilizes informational handouts/booklets, or refers to community resources as needed. Provides explanations for food and nutrition issues. Establishes a proper meal plans for the patients in accordance with their preference, health, and financial capabilities. Calculates patients’ nutritional requirements and analyzes nutritional content of food. This position interacts with families and identifies learning needs of patient and family; teaches parents the information they need to know in order to care for their children and their unique medical problems; discusses patient’s progress and diet with family; educates patient and family regarding provides support, education and counseling to new patients/parents and established patients/parents regarding diet for chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease problems.

Monitors nutritional status; reviews food intake, medical records, and laboratory tests; and makes dietary recommendations. Advises GI patients regarding preventive and therapeutic nutrition and diet. Provides appropriate approach based on the physiological, emotional, and cognitive needs of gastroenterology patients. Educates other healthcare professionals about food and nutrition. Facilitates communication between patient/family and inter-disciplinary team members; initiates consultations with appropriate interdisciplinary team members.

Develops and conducts educational programs on nutrition, diet, and/or food service. Identifies ways to improve care of patients, and makes recommendations to the Division Chief and performs research and recommends ways to expand and improve nutrition programs; collaborates with providers to identify needs and connect with patients in need of nutrition counseling. This is accomplished by collaboration with the health care team to set goals/outcomes reflecting the patient’s health care needs; responsible for identification and coordination of all needed nutritional/diet resources for patients to ensure continuity of care.

Participates in quality of care of the PEDS GI program in conjunction with other services offered. Consults with and provides information on nutritional care to university personnel or other nutrition, health, or social service agencies. Participates in conducting dietary and nutritional research.

Expected Salary:

$37,500 - $41,250 annually at 0.75 FTE; commensurate within this range based on qualifications and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Must meet the requirements of Chapter 468, Florida Statutes, and have one year of appropriate experience. Licensed as a Dietitian in accordance with Chapter 468, Florida Statutes.

Preferred Qualifications:

Pediatric experience preferred
Good decision making and judgment capabilities
Proven ability to instruct others and to identify and solve complex problems
Being socially perceptive; that is, aware of the reactions of others and understanding those reactions
Good reading comprehension skills
Good coordination skills, including the ability to adjust one’s actions in relation to others’ actions
Effective logic, reasoning and critical thinking skills
Effective interpersonal skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered for this position, please upload your cover letter or letter of interest, resume, and a list of professional references.

Schedule will fall within Monday through Friday; 8:00AM – 5:00PM. This position is a part-time (0.75 FTE;30 hours per week).

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

This is a time-limited position.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:


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