Clinical Dietitian II - Outpatient Center Oncology
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Skills / Requirements
The Clinical Dietitian II provides high-level nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy to patients, working closely with the multidisciplinary healthcare team to maximize patients' nutritional status and improve clinical outcomes. Primary responsibilities include managing the daily schedule to maximize patient care, and providing evidenced-based and patient-centered nutrition care to patients. Other responsibilities include performing projects, presentations, and in-services both within the department and to members of the multidisciplinary team. In addition, training dietitian staff and dietetic interns, and serving as a resource to other dietitian staff.
This position will cover primarily the oncology clinics located at the Outpatient Center, which is a specialty clinic facility connected to LBJ Hospital in northeast Houston. The position will also assist with outpatient TPN management, may assist as needed in covering other specialty clinics within the Outpatient Center facility, and work closely with the dietitian covering the oncology and other specialty clinics located at Harris Health's Smith Clinic facility in south central Houston. The position will be full-time in-person, with the ability to work telecommute on an as needed basis.
We are looking for a candidate who is proactive, creative and can work independently, who either has oncology and nutrition support experience or is willing to learn. This position, in addition to primarily covering the oncology clinics, will also be involved in creative programming for oncology patients, such as cancer survivor nutrition programming that may include culinary medicine components that utilize LBJ Hospital's food farmacy and kitchen facility. The candidate will work closely with the team at the Outpatient Center / LBJ Hospital facility, which will include working directly with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and McGovern Medical School faculty, residents, and students, and include assisting with teaching the residents and students on nutrition-related topics as a part of the resident and student training experience.
Links to LBJ Hospital Food Farmacy and Farm programs:
Link to Harris Health's Cancer Program:
Cancer Care (harrishealth.org)
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in dietetics, nutrition or similar; Master degree in nutrition, public health, or similar preferred
Licenses & Certifications: Registered Dietitian prior to hire; Licensed Dietitian (LD) in the state of Texas within 60 days of hire; preference for dietetics certifications of
Board Certification in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) and/or Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC)
Work Experience: Two years or more experience in clinical dietetics; experience in oncology preferred
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact/Public Speaking);
Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)
Language Skills: Spanish speaking preferred due to population served, but not required with having the ability to readily access interpretation services via phone
Proficiencies: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook, PC
Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities: Analytical, Mathematics, Medical Terms, Research, Statistical
Work Schedule: Normal clinic office hours, Monday through Friday; may include an occassional weekend or similar to cover a health fair
Equipment Operated: Culinary equipment related to food demonstration; computer; weight scale