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University of Utah Health Clinical Dietitian, Advanced Specialist in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

Must obtain approval before using this job code. The Clinical Dietitian, Advanced Specialist works with the departmental and interdisciplinary health care team to provide patient care that is integrated and compatible with patient-centered medical goals and objectives. This position is responsible for assessing the nutritional status, identifying nutrition concerns, and will develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients at nutrition risk in specialized populations. This position participates in the planning, organization and operation of information systems related to patient nutrition care and ensures the accurate entry of orders, abiding by all medical regulatory standards. This position must work in one of the following specialty areas: NICU, Oncology-BMT, Nutrition Informatics, Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation, Solid Organ Transplant, Cystic Fibrosis This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Conducts comprehensive nutritional assessments for patients' nutritional needs by collecting, recording, and interpreting data from patients, clients, family members, caregivers, and other individuals and groups.

  • Organizes and categorizes the data in a meaningful framework that links nutrition assessment parameters with nutrition diagnoses, and determines when a problem requires consultation with or referral to another provider.

  • Formulates nutrition intervention plan based on nutrition related concerns and prioritizes interventions; utilizes evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and other practice guidelines to evaluate plan effectiveness.

  • Defines time and frequency of care, including intensity, duration, and follow-up; modifies the plan of care as needed.

  • Monitors and measures outcomes by selecting relevant nutrition care indicators; compares findings with intervention goals for nutrition and determines whether goals/outcomes are being met.

  • Manage total parenteral nutrition macronutrient calculations for specialized populations.

  • Works cooperatively with health care providers, patient/client/caregivers to implement and communicate the nutrition care plan and expected outcomes.

  • Provides nutrition counseling and education to patients, families and caregivers, and the community.

  • Ensures that state and local certification for health, safety, and quality standards are met.

  • Creates and maintains training programs and manages training of nutrition and dietetics interns and other health care profession students in his/her specialty area.

  • Conducts in-services and educational presentations for hospital and department staff and oversees the development and revision of specialized patient education materials, clinical forms, and protocols.

  • Acts as an advocate, resource, and liaison with nursing and the medical staff by providing optimal communication and enhancing patient nutritional care, education and research opportunities.

  • Participates in outcome measure initiatives to validate nutrition program performance and creates reports.

  • Manages information and data for operations and performance improvement, which may include foodservice systems, clinical management systems, nutrient database systems, and electronic health record system.

  • Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing.

  • Participates in departmental and interdisciplinary meetings, task forces and projects.

  • May enter nutrition-related orders, as defined by University of Utah Registered Dietitian Protocol.

  • May conduct and/or collaborate in nutrition research.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.

  • Ability to provide care to the population served.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development.

  • Ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills, including word processing, nutrient analysis, and spreadsheet software.

  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to educate individuals with various levels of education and understanding.

  • Knowledge of nutrition-related order entry to include applicability of ordering pertinent lab values, swallowing evaluations, and inpatient/outpatient consults to ancillary services that align with patients' nutrition care plan.

  • Demonstrated service excellence for patient and family-centered care by showing respect, honesty, fairness, and a positive attitude toward all customers.

  • Demonstrated accountability with the rules for use and disclosure of patient/client protected health information required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

  • Advanced knowledge of human physiology, biochemistry, and metabolism as it relates to clinical nutrition status, food chemistry, nutrient composition, and dietary analysis.

  • Knowledge of federal requirements set forth under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoP) and/or Conditions of Coverage (CoC) in order to receive Medicare/Medicaid payment.

  • May require knowledge of nutrition-specific medical informatics as it pertains to electronic health record documentation and oversight.


Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, or related field.

  • 4 years of clinical nutrition experience.

Licenses Required

  • Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Current License to practice as a Certified Dietitian in the State of Utah.

  • One of the following

  • Current certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) through the National Board for Nutrition Support Certification.

  • Current Pediatric Nutrition (CSP) certification through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Master's degree in nutrition, public health, business/management, information technology, or related field.

  • Certificate of Training in Nutrition Informatics from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves light work that may exert up to 20 pounds and may consistently require light work involving lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects involving patient care or medical equipment.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Non Indicated, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

EEO Statement

University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

University of Utah Heath Hospitals and Clinics, a part of The University of Utah, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources office at 801-581-6500.If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Sherrie Hayashi

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or Hospitals and Clinics Human Resources at (801) 581-6500 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Requisition Number 49720
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Part-Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Varies
Location Name University of Utah Hospital
Patient Care? Yes
State UT
Department UUH ANC 15E OP Clin Nutrition
Category Nutrition / Food Services