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University of Utah Health Nutrition Care Technician 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

This position provides optimum nutritional care to patients by communicating diet and menu information, screening for nutritional problems, computing nutrient intake, and completing other duties as assigned by the Clinical Nutritionist. The incumbent is responsible for modifying menus to meet patient dietary needs and satisfaction. The employee is also responsible for verifying and processing patient calorie count charges which exceed $50,000 annually. This position has the authority to assist in the training of and provide work direction to Nutrition Care Aides. Depending on the area of assignment, this position may provide nutrition care to infants, toddlers, school age children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.

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  • Ensures that all patients receive menus and instruction on how to fill them out within 12 hours of admission, then obtains patient food preferences and special nutritional needs.

  • Obtains pertinent information including lab data from the patient medical record, screens for nutritional risk, and records the information for use by the Clinical Nutritionist.

  • Calculates and charts all nutrient intake records, including parenteral and enteral data, on the department computer system, as ordered by Physicians and other health care providers.

  • Writes special menus for patients in order to meet diet orders, food preferences, or special needs.

  • Updates and maintains current patient diet order records, confirms that patient menus comply with newest diet orders before each meal, and makes adjustments to menus as necessary.

  • Oversees the completion of weekly patient satisfaction surveys and follows through with resolving identified patient issues. Participates in patient tray quality checks and assists patients and patient families with food service problem resolution.

  • Arranges snacks for at-risk and other patients with special nutritional needs.

  • Develops patient meal plans under the direction of a Clinical Nutritionist.

  • Initiates daily patient charges for enteral products, nutrient intake analysis, and guest trays in order to facilitate patient billing.

  • Interacts and coordinates with nurses, physicians, and other hospital staff, as required, to ensure optimal patient care.

  • Tallies menu specials and cold foods.

  • May instruct patients on special diets, as directed by the Clinical Nutritionist, and notifies the Clinical Nutritionist if the patient requires additional, specialized nutrition education.

  • May be required to carry a pager and respond to calls in a timely manner.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Demonstrated human relations, effective communication, and computer literacy skills.

  • Ability to calculate nutrient intake and modify menus to meet the unique dietary needs and expectations of the patient.

  • Ability to comply with departmental policies regarding attendance and undergo periodic evaluations.


Qualifications Required

  • Associate's degree in Nutrition, Health Care, a related area, or the equivalency.

  • Completion of a hospital-provided nutrition competency test at a minimum of 85% accuracy.

  • Completion of a hospital-provided Medical Terminology Course within one year of employment.

Licenses Required

  • One of the following

  • Current Food Protection Manager certification, accredited by ANSI.

  • Current Utah Food Handler Permit.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's degree in Nutrition.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

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

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care. This position may be subject to chemical and equipment hazards and is standing and walking for sustained periods of time.

  • Incumbents may face exposure to items discarded on patient trays including soiled bandages and tubing, spilled medications, bodily fluids, and patient care equipment such as needles, clamps, and scissors. They may also face exposure to potentially dangerous cleaning chemicals utilized in sanitation procedures as well as equipment/supply hazards such as wet or hot work surfaces and sharp edges on food wrap containers or open cans, meat slicers, and food processors. This position involves lifting and/or pushing heavy supply containers, equipment, and food carts.

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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 Health 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)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

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 63904

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Evening

Work Schedule 1pm - close Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday

Clinical/Non-Clinical Status Non-Clinical

Location Name Huntsman Cancer Hospital - Kathryn F. Kirk Center

Workplace Set Up On-site


State UT


Category Food/Nutrition