General Nature of Work:
Provides normal and therapeutic nutrition services to patients/clients in clinics, health care institutions or homes within designated program or units.
Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:
This class includes both entry-level and journey-level registered nutritionists.
Examples of Work:
(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)
Assists in planning, managing and evaluating nutrition services in designated programs or units for a specific target population, e.
, prenatal, infants, home health services or chronic diseases.
Assesses nutritional status of high-risk individuals and families by performing or evaluating anthropometric measurements, biochemical tests and clinical, dietary, economic and social data.
Develops nutrition care plans for high-risk patients, their families and health care team members.
Develop education lesson plans and visual aids.
Assists in collecting data for studies and surveillance surveys to determine relationships of dietary factors to health and disease.
Assists in planning and providing field training for undergraduate and graduate students in public health nutrition or clinical training for dietetic students.
Assists in developing nutrition and therapeutic diet educational materials for the health care teams, nutrition staffs and other professionals in the community.
Assists in developing nutrition and therapeutic diet educational materials for use in counseling patients/clients.
Supervises Nutritionist I's and Home Economists.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)
Knowledge of the science and practice of human nutrition and standards of practice in dietetics.
Knowledge of food composition and major sources of nutrients.
Knowledge of principles of supervision, personnel management and consultation.
Knowledge of social, cultural and economic factors related to the nutritional status and dietary habits of individuals and families.
Working knowledge of human behavior and techniques for the modification of eating habits.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff members of other human service agencies.
State Minimum Training and Experience
State Necessary Special Requirements:
Some positions require registration or eligibility for registration by the American Dietetics Association.
(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)
A master's degree in public health nutrition, community nutrition, dietetics or nutrition: or a bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics, community nutrition and experience in a clinical, public health or institutional setting; or a master's degree in any field and eligibility for registration by the American Dietetics Association; or a bachelor's degree in any field, eligibility for registration by the American Dietetic Association and experience in a clinical, public health or institutional setting