Nutrition Counselor

Location
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia-WASHINGTON
Posted
May 29, 2021
Closes
Jul 03, 2021
Ref
210001MI
Function
Nurse
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
Nutrition Counselor a paraprofessional support person who provides services to WIC clients such as, health screening, basic nutrition education, and referral for health care and other services.This position does not have supervisory responsibilities. Employees receive supervision from a designated higher-level staff person, with the credentials of a Competent Professional Authority (CP A) or above.

Qualifications

Minimum Education
Associate's Degree or equivalent years of experience (Required)
Bachelor's Degree Health education or nutrition, LPNs, and dietetic technicians (Preferred)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Strong computer skills.
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent customer service and time management skills.
Ability to work well in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

Functional Accountabilities

  • Interviews participants using the DC WIC State agency provided assessment tool to obtain participant characteristics, health and dietary information.
  • Educates participants regarding their rights and responsibilities, the food delivery system, WIC foods and certification schedule.
  • Performs and records height and weight measurements.
  • Performs and records biochemical measurements, such as hemoglobin or lead tests.
  • Screens the health and nutritional status of participants, identifies and assesses for health risks.
  • Provides basic nutrition education to non-high risk participants either individually or in a group setting with established curriculum and under supervision of a CP A or Nutrition Coordinator.
  • Promotes the advantages of breastfeeding to all prenatal participants unless contraindicated for health reasons.
  • Provides substance abuse and smoking cessation information.
  • Provides referrals as appropriate and identified during the screening process.
  • Completes food prescription for standard contract formulas in powder or concentrate form.
  • Completes default food prescription for non-high risk women and children per WIC State agency policy.
  • Refers high-risk participants, breastfeeding participants, and participants with questions or concerns beyond the CPPA scope of work to
  • CP A in accordance with WIC State Agency policy.
  • Documents all contacts made with WIC participants in the DC WIC CARES system.
  • Issues food benefits in accordance with WIC State Agency policy .
  • Performs additional tasks assigned by supervisor, as needed.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met

Teamwork/Communication
  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things

Safety
  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance


Childrens National Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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