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Registered Dietitian I/II
at Ventura County
- As a member of the health care team, the Registered Dietitian is responsible for the nutrition assessment of patients. Dietitians develop and implement nutrition care plans and nutrition therapy and evaluate and adjust treatment as necessary. In addition, incumbents participate in the education of co-workers, including resident physicians and outpatient education at off-campus clinic sites.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Registered Dietitian I is the entry level of the Registered Dietitian series, and Registered Dietitian II is the journey level of the series.
Registered Dietitian I: $21.69 - $31.86 per hour
Registered Dietitian II: $23.18 - $34.12 per hour
EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Health Care Agency - Ventura County Medical Center & Santa Paula Hospital
Registered Dietitian I and II are represented by the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra-Help vacancies. There is currently one (1) Regular vacancy.
NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbent may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.
OPENING DATE: September 17, 2018
CLOSING DATE: Continuous (Previously scheduled to close on 10/1/18) and may close at any time; therefore, the schedule for the remainder of the process will depend upon when we receive a sufficient number of qualified applications to meet business needs.
- Examples Of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Performs nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy;
- Determines nutrition risk level for each patient (RD I); determines acuity level for each patient based upon nutrition assessment (RD II);
- Documents assessments and pertinent nutrition information in the medical record;
- Assesses appropriateness of diet order, advises nurse/physician on clinical efficacy of diet order, recommends changes as needed;
- May provide and implement (RD I) or provides and initiates (RD II) recommendations for enteral and parenteral nutrition support and monitors tolerance;
- Calculates nutritional intake and assesses nutritional adequacy;
- Participates in interdisciplinary patient care conferences;
- Advises diet technicians and aides on processing diet orders, calculating menu adjustments, and mixing nutritional supplements (RD II);
- Educates in-patients and out-patients, including classes; develops, evaluates, and updates nutrition education materials;
- Educates Family Medicine residents and attending medical staff on nutritional issues;
- May assist in revising policies, procedures, and diet manuals (RD I); may assist in writing and revising clinical policies, procedures, and diet manuals (RD II);
- Participates in data collection for clinical Nutrition Performance Improvement (RD I); may assist in the documentation of Clinical Nutrition Performance Improvement measurements (RD II);
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Typical Qualifications
These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
Registered Dietitian I
Possession of a Bachelor's degree with a major in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field AND completion of a pre-professional experience approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered Dietitian II
Possession of a Bachelor's degree with a major in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field AND two (2) years of clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (both levels)
- Must be currently registered with the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). NOTE for RD I ONLY: The department is willing to consider applicants who are "Registered Dietitian eligible." As a condition of continued employment, the applicant must pass the Registration Exam within one (1) year of hire.
- Must complete Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in compliance with CDR requirements as a condition of continued employment.
Registered Dietitian I
General knowledge of: meal and menu planning for individuals with special dietary problems; quality assurance; principles of therapeutic nutrition; medical terminology as it relates to dietetic services and patient/client nutritional care; and local, state, and federal regulations related to food and nutrition services as they apply to dietetic services in a health care facility.
Working knowledge of: nutrition sciences, diet therapy, and nutrient solutions; nutrient composition of foods; nutritional requirements of children, adolescents, and adults.
Ability to: apply the principles of medical nutrition therapy; perform nutrition assessment, therapy and education; calculate nutrient needs and learn to recommend appropriate enteral and nutrition therapy; develop, evaluate and update nutrition education materials; communicate with patients and other health care professionals verbally, in writing, and as a speaker/instructor; interpret program/facility policies and procedures; work cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Registered Dietitian II
Working knowledge of: nutrition sciences; diet therapy; quality assurance; clinical policies and procedures; nutrient composition of foods; nutritional requirements of children, adolescents, and adults; meal and menu planning for individuals with special dietary problems; principles of therapeutic nutrition; medical terminology as it relates to dietetic services and patient/client nutritional care; local, state, and federal regulations related to food and nutrition services as they apply to dietetic services and health care facilities; the Joint Commission (TJC) regulations and standards applicable to hospital dietetic services; community resources in nutrition and public health; and basic training and leadership methods.
Ability to: perform nutrition assessment, therapy, and education; calculate nutrient needs and recommend appropriate enteral and parenteral nutrition therapy; develop, evaluate, and update nutrition education materials; develop, implement, and monitor individual and group dietary plans; communicate with patients and other health care professionals verbally, in writing, and as a speaker/instructor; interpret program/facility policies and procedures; effectively lead, assign, and coordinate the work of others; work cooperatively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; develop and/or evaluate menus; and prepare special reports.
- Recruitment Process
FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing day.
To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs. A paper application can be obtained by calling (805) 654-5129. Our address is: County of Ventura, Human Resources Division, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.
NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here for additional information.
Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application.
SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this exam AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the exam process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in the application being removed from consideration.
APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
COMPARATIVE SCREENING - qualifying: If there is a high number of qualified applicants, a comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral exam. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questions.
ORAL EXAM – 100%: A job-related oral exam will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating applicants' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.
If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral exam will not be conducted. Instead, a score of 70% will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.
Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.
For further information about this recruitment, please contact Nathan Wood by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by telephone at (805) 677-5232.