Assistant, Nutrition

Kaiser Permanente Washington County, OR
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May 3, 2023
Kaiser Permanente
Washington County, OR
Under the guidance/supervision of the Department Manager or Supervisor, perform essential clerical duties for clinical nutrition care and food service. Maintain records and reports. Collects, maintains and communicates data relative to patients dietary requirements. Ensures menu selections are in compliance with prescribed diet order, nutritional adequacy, age, cultural background and religious practice.
Essential Responsibilities:
- Gather patient menus, obtain food preference, clarify food allergy and other information pertinent to the nutrition of the patient. Communicate such data to health professionals verbally and record information in the computerized diet office system.
- Assist clinical dietitian in modifying menus to meet the needs of individual patients and diet prescriptions.
- Daily use of computerized diet office system.
- Monitor calculated calorie, sodium, and fat controlled patient selections according to standards and procedures.
- After all resources are exhausted set up patient trays according to menus with establish procedures. Deliver patient meal trays and supplements to nursing units, remove dirty trays and supplies.
- Monitor the quality of the food to meet and/or exceed the standard of the department guidelines for: taste, appearance, temperature, quality, and timeliness of preparation.
- Responsible to ensure no tray should leave the kitchen unless the order has been accurately filled.
- Answer telephone and faxes, receiving and distributing messages to appropriate members of the department or organization.
- Maintain sanitary standards in kitchen area designated for patient food service and apply proper food handling principles and techniques to maintain standards of food quality and comply with department policies. Keep diet office neat and orderly.
- Assist supervisor or leadperson in gathering Quality Assurance data.
- Notify the appropriate person or follow current SMC Policy and Procedures for equipment needing repair or maintenance.
- Submit request for orders to the appropriate person for office supplies, menus and forms according to usage.
- Observe and maintain current knowledge of policies and procedures of department and facility.
- Perform other duties as determined by supervisor or leadperson that is directly related to job descriptions.
Basic Qualifications:
- Minimum two (2) years dietary related experience in an acute care or skilled nursing facility or a degree in a Food or Nutrition related field from an accredited program (to be verified upon hire).
- Per the National Agreement, current KP Coalition employees have this experience requirement waived.
- High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
- Certified Food Handler (in the state where care is provided)
Additional Requirements:
- Effective oral and written English language communication skills.
- General knowledge of special diets and nutrition therapy.
- Demonstrated customer-focused service skills.
- Demonstrated adaptability to changes in work environment and related assignments.
- Demonstrated effective time management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, problem-solve, and negotiate with multiple levels of staff and patients.
- Functions well in a self directed team environment.
- Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in a Room Service environment.
- Bachelors degree in Food or Nutrition OR Associates degree in Dietary Technician OR Certified Dietetic Manager, or related degree from an accredited university.
- Operation of standard kitchen appliances.
- PC Proficiency.
- Medical Terminology.
- Call Center.
- Answering general phones and office clerical duties.
TITLE: Assistant, Nutrition
LOCATION: Hillsboro, Oregon
REQNUMBER: 1164120
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.

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