Clinical Dietitian:
Centura Health

Centura Health
Louisville Colorado

Located minutes from Boulder, CO, in the charming community of Louisville, Avista Adventist Hospital is a comprehensive medical center that provides a full-range of medical specialties and exceptional health care to residents of Louisville, Broomfield and the surrounding Boulder area communities.  With 114-beds, this full-service facility has been honored for excellence in cardiac, mom/baby and emergency care. It is also home to one of the area’s top joint and spine care centers specializing in hip and knee replacement, as well as spine surgery.  Avista is proud to be recognized for its award-winning New Life Center, the area's most innovative birth center and large Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.  In 2013, Avista was named among the Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience by Women Certified® ( for quality physician communications, nurse/staff responsiveness, superior cleanliness and referrals by other women.  With some of the lowest turnover and highest associate satisfaction scores in the industry, Avista Adventist Hospital has an excellent local reputation for its supportive culture, visionary leadership, strong team and daily living of what it means to truly care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit.

Job Description/Job Posting ID: 121547

Clinic/Department: 8534 AAH DIETARY 


Schedule: Per Request Needed

Shift: Variable

Position Summary

Screens, assesses, develops and implements nutrition care plans based on patients' nutritional and educational needs that follow departmental guidelines for timely, quality nutrition care. Uses evidence based standards where applicable. Participates in outpatient nutrition programs and clinics when applicable. Actively participates in projects and process improvement activities as assigned.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Successful completion of AND approved internship, preferred

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • One year of clinical dietitian experience, preferred

  • Strong communication skills; ability to read, write and speak English.

  • Strong Computer skills; experience with Microsoft Office programs

  • Experience with Food Service Operations database and Dietetic software, preferred


  • Current Registered Dietitian or eligibility (required within six months of hire/transfer)

  • Current membership in a professional organization such as Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

  • Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, American Diabetes Association or American Association

of Diabetes Educators, preferred

  • Required to complete a minimum of 75 CEU hours every 5 years per Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Guidelines

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )

  • Uses the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Care and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process, as well as hospital and departmental guidelines to facilitate nutrition care of patients.

  • Uses evidence based practices when available.

  • Screens patients for nutritional risk in accordance with departmental guidelines.

  • Performs comprehensive inpatient / client nutritional assessments and re-assessments across the age spectrum per departmental screening and assessment guidelines.

  • Uses the following data for assessment and determination of nutrition diagnosis.

  • Interviews using age and education level appropriate communication techniques with patient/ client.

  • Reviews and interprets nutrition related lab values.

  • Reviews and considers impact of nutrition related medications on patient’s nutritional status and nutritional needs.

  • Reviews medical history, progress notes, ancillary care team notes.

  • Communicates with nursing and staff currently caring for patient/client.

  • Develops nutrition care plan, interventions and goals based on desired outcomes for patient/client, which include but not limited to: assessing calorie, protein, and micronutrient needs; evaluating appropriateness of enteral or parenteral nutrition; determining enteral or parenteral feeding regime and implementing per department and hospital policy.

  • Performs education and communication to patient, family, and care team regarding plan of care.

  • Monitors response to nutrition care plans, interventions, and goals and revising as appropriate.

  • Documents in the medical record (EMR) using the PESS format as deemed appropriate.

  • Member of nutrition support team. Coordinates nutrition care with other interdepartmental/ intradepartmental team members as needed.

  • Using age appropriate teaching strategies to educate inpatients, outpatients/clients and family regarding medical nutrition therapy. *

  • Takes into consideration physical, emotional, and cognitive issues that affect ability and readiness to learn. *

  • Considers individual preferences for learning styles. *

  • Develops individual goals with the patient/client. *

  • Monitors patient’s progress toward goals when appropriate and revises when necessary. *

  • Researches, develops and revises education material as needed. *

  • Refers to appropriate outpatient setting for continuum of nutrition care if needed. *

  • Conducts in-services and training sessions to other health professionals and within the Nutrition department/diet office as needed. *

  • Provides community nutrition education per need and as time allows.

  • May serve as preceptor to dietetic interns. Educates interns on the role/responsibilities of the Clinical Dietitian and processes/procedures for nutritional care. Identifies knowledge and skill deficits. Provides constructive feedback and coaching to the intern to improve competency.

  • Documents all patient care activities including evaluations, education, and progress notes per standards of practice and regulatory/third party payer requirements. *

  • Documents ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes to correctly capture billing charges. *

  • Coordinates and communicates effectively to all patients, families, staff, physicians and other customers concerning nutritional care services by direct verbal and/or written communication respecting confidentiality at all times. *

  • Participates in personal, professional and program development by attending department and hospital educational programs, in-service meetings and safety trainings. *

  • Adheres to professional code of ethics and to all accreditation requirements. *

  • Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *

  • Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. Understands that being an employed dietician implies acceptance of reassignment of any billing to the facility. *

Physical Requirements

  • Light Work - exert/lift up to 20 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently)


Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications