Nutrition Assistants help dieticians with providing proper nutrition at healthcare facilities. They determine patients' nutritional needs, assess risk factors, and plan meals and menus. They also ensure proper sterilization of plates and utensils.
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Nutrition Assistant Job Description Template
We are seeking a dedicated Nutrition Assistant to support our nutritionist in providing patients with healthy meals. In this role, your duties will include obtaining dietary information from patients, determining nutritional needs, and observing patients for signs of diet-related complications.
To ensure success, Nutrition Assistants should possess experience in a similar role and the ability to obtain accurate dietary information. A top-notch Nutrition Assistant will be someone who can proactively help nutritionists to improve patients' well-being through excellent dietary support.
Nutrition Assistant Responsibilities:
- Providing dieticians with the facility's meal and menu planning.
- Obtaining dietary information and assessing the nutritional habits of patients.
- Recording individual risk factors or dietary restrictions that might impact meal planning.
- Coordinating meal plans with nutritionists and healthcare professionals.
- Performing ongoing nutrition assessments, including the measurement of caloric intake and activity levels.
- Facilitating immediate interventions for signs of malnutrition, allergic reactions, or refusal to eat.
- Assisting in meal distribution, ensuring correctly delivered and timely served meals.
- Maintaining proper sterilization protocols in the clearing away and cleaning of plates and utensils.
- Safely discarding leftover portions to prevent the spread of disease.
- Instructing patients and families on nutrition plans and healthy eating habits.
Nutrition Assistant Requirements:
- Associate’s Degree in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, or a related field.
- An ADA credential as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) would be advantageous.
- A minimum of two years' experience in a similar role preferred.
- Extensive experience in obtaining dietary information and assessing requirements.
- Knowledge of meal and menu planning.
- Experience in educating patients and their families on nutrition and dietary requirements.
- Advanced ability to collaborate on nutrition plans and facilitate interventions, when required.
- Ability to follow prescribed meal provision standards and protocols.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
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