The Registered Dietitian (RD) II is a journey level position that reflects an advanced level of practice. The RD II is working towards a specialty certification or developing advanced skills and knowledge within a defined area. The RD II is responsible for collaborating with members of the health care team to provide patients medical nutrition therapy (MNT) using current, scientific literature and best practices. Utilizing the Nutrition Care Process, the RD II performs nutrition assessment, diagnoses nutrition-related problems, determines and implements appropriate interventions, monitors and evaluates the outcome of interventions. The RD II provides nutrition education to patients, caregivers, and family members. He/She participates in or leads performance improvement activities and research assignments. The RD II acts as a mentor to dietetic interns, students, and level I RDs.
Essential Job Outcomes & Functions
Performs nutrition assessment using accurate and relevant data and information to identify nutrition-related problems including: anthropometrics, biochemical data, medical tests, nutrition-focused physical findings, nutrition-related history, and comparitive standards. Identifies and labels specific nutrition diagnosis(es) derived from the assessment data. Prioritizes and classifies the nutrition diagnosis(es).
Identifies and implements appropriate, purposefully planned interventions for patients utilizing the best available research/evidence, evidence-based guidelines, and best practices.
Monitors and evalutes indicators and outcomes data directly related to the nutrition diagnosis, goals, and intervention strategies to determine patient progress. Revises or adjusts the nutrition care plan accordingly.
Provides nutrition education/nutrition counseling to patients, family members and/or caregivers as a component of preventative, therapeutic and/or restorative health care.
Attends department meetings, huddles, in-services, and trainings. Participates in or leads committee activities (i.e. partnership councils, carelines) as assigned.
Actively participates in, or leads Performance Improvement, clinical projects and/or research as assigned.
Assists in the orientation and development of students, dietetic interns, level I RDs, and new staff members as assigned. Participates in nutrition-related presentations or in-services for medical staff, residents, interns, nurses, and colleagues. Develops and evaluates nutrition education materials and resources.
Actively maintains professional development and clinical competency. Develops advanced knowledge and skills in a dedicated area of nutrition therapy.