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CP00001 Washington University in St Louis is Hiring a Research Dietetic Technician - Clinical Translational Research Unit Near Washington, WA
Scheduled Hours 40 Position Summary Provide specialized food service for inpatient and outpatient research subjects in accordance with research protocols requiring precision and accuracy, and adhering to food safety standards set by city, state and JCAHO. This position also provides administrative support to the Head Bionutritionist. Basic clinical nutrition service is provided to support the Bionutritionists. Job Description Primary Duties & Responsibilities Education Conduct basic diet instructions as directed by the Head Bionutritionist based on protocol. Work with dietetic interns and students in metabolic kitchen as assigned to help them meet goals of rotation. Complete required continuing education to maintain current registration status. Nutrient Analysis Complete accurate validation of food diaries. Complete accurate nutrient analysis of food diaries using NDSR or Nutritionist Pro. Check completed nutrient analysis of Bionutritionists or other Dietetic Technicians as assigned. Food Service Closely follow daily worksheet prepared by dietitians. Maintain regular communication with dietitians to keep current on changes in meal preparation or pick-up. Assist patients in completing all BJC menus, including special diets. Deliver/fax all completed BJC menus to the computer room at the appropriate times. Meet with outpatients for food preferences. Assure that carts are removed from 4BAR in a timely manner, working with BJC staff to resolve any issues that arise. Monitor changes in daily nursing schedule, making appropriate adjustments to worksheet. Verify and serve trays to correct patients at scheduled times according to protocol. Create nourishment lists and labels and deliver nourishments. Process new diets and modifications in menus as required. Make additions to BJC menus using foods from metabolic kitchen i.e. “on floor” to provide individual or diet-specific details. Provide thorough and ongoing communication and updates with nursing and Bionutritionists to assure all patient needs are met. Prepare (including cooking or baking) and serve foods following specified research recipes and/or procedures. Maintain designated par level of 4BAR supplies by monitoring par level and recording amount stocked. Food Safety and Sanitation Properly “hold” patient delay/late meals according to department standards. Adhere to all policies and procedures related to food safety as it relates to purchasing, storage, preparation, holding and service. Continuously maintain cleanliness and sanitation of kitchen equipment and facility, adhering to assigned cleaning schedule. Administrative Maintain current files for food service documentation, new protocols and updates to protocols. Maintain par level of china dishes and metal silverware requesting delivery with lunch trays. Shop at grocery store as needed to purchase specified food items not available through on-line shopping. Conduct weekly inventory and order floor stock from BJC kitchen as needed. Assist with locating unusual or unique food items at stores. Attend all inservices and staff meetings scheduled for Bionutritionists or Metabolic Kitchen Staff. Responsible for information given during meetings including those held during absences. Take turns conducting required inservices for department. Conduct additional inservices as needed. Maintain records of successful completion of inservices. Maintain current patient census (on computer and on paper) and dietitian productivity reports using excel spread sheets. Have a working knowledge of protocols including protocol numbers and food needs for each. Continuously maintain adequate supply of blank BJH menus in dietitian office. Promptly report needed kitchen maintenance repairs to Head Bionutritionist. Complete weekly food inventory preparing internal and external food orders and complete on-line ordering. Accurately check in grocery order, returning wrong items with Schnuck’s driver, notifying Head Bionutritionist of returns. Accurately file protocols or other papers/schedules as requested. Monitor and document temperature of refrigerator and freezer daily. Quality Assurance Complete quality assurance data collection as assigned. Conduct meal rounds to assure patient satisfaction with meals. Monitor accuracy of packed-out meals. Complete service recovery with subjects for meal satisfaction issues. Research Prepare food slurries for laboratory analysis of aliquots as required by research study protocols. Assist in recipe development by testing recipes, researching ingredients and identifying potential recipes for projects. Write HACCP guidelines to accompany recipes in Nutritionist Pro. Promptly weigh back and record uneaten/refused food items from packed out or inpatient meals following assignment sheets. Prepare food for balance/constant diet studies and other research studies requiring special procedures with accuracy of 0.1 gram. Miscellaneous Utilize good time management skills to complete work as assigned seeking additional work as assignments are completed. Perform other duties as assigned or necessary to accommodate research protocol requirements or as workload changes. Working Conditions Inpatient and outpatient hospital division setting. Full-time- rotating on-call weekends. Work schedule may change depending on needs of department. Part-time- relieve full-time assistants during vacation/ sick time, during periods of peak work load including weekends, and to cover two weekends per DA per year. Work hours and scheduled days may be adjusted based on needs of the department. Vacation time must be used on scheduled days when the unit is closed. Usual hazards in working with office and kitchen equipment. Preferred Qualifications Serve-safe certification. Experience with nutrition software programs. Safe and proper use of kitchen equipment and office supplies. Accurate use of balance scale and graduated cylinders. Effective liaison between patient food service and nursing. Consistently follows food safety/HACCP guidelines in food handling, holding and service. Accurately follows recipes for baking or cooking. Accurately completes mathematical calculations. Ability to give and precisely follow clear verbal/written instructions. Good verbal and written communication skills including ability to relate to patients, families, staff, physicians and members of other departments in a pleasant and tactful way. Clerical ability, finger and manual dexterity. Positive “can do” attitude. Leadership ability. Clean and neat appearance, adhering to dress code set by department including wearing hairnet or approved hair covering. Independent and effective problem-solving skills. Effective time management to meet multiple deadlines. Organized and able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining accuracy to detail. Demonstrate flexibility in adjusting to change. Show dedication to excellent customer service with internal and external customers. Maintain high productivity, seeking new assignments as tasks and projects are completed. Supportive of departmental goals. Maintain patient confidentiality, following HIPPA mandates. Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel programs. Required Qualifications Registered Dietetic Technician or four year degree in nutrition or related field. Experience with hospital food service/food handling, clinical dietetics, or nutrition research. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Grade C06-H Salary Range $17.00 - $24.66 / Hourly The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget. Accommodation If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email CandidateQuestions@wustl.edu or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request. Pre-Employment Screening All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening. Benefits Statement Personal Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time. Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance. Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods. WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%. Wellness Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more! Family We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? 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