Inpatient Clinical Dietitian III

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  15361 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 


Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.




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Job Role Summary

The Inpatient Clinical Dietitian III proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health’s mission to Advocate, Care, Teach, and Serve with a special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. The Inpatient Clinical Dietitian III serves as a nutrition expert and contributing member of the healthcare team caring for higher acuity patients. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

•    Provides patient-centered medical nutrition therapy using the Nutrition Care Process: Evaluates the nutritional status of the patient, develops care plans following the established standards of care, provides the proper nutritional counseling to patients and their families that is age-specific, cultural, religious, and ethnic sensitive for health and disease promotion/prevention and wellness. 
•    Utilizes prescriptive authority within the regulations of the institution and legislative bodies to order diets, supplements, enteral nutrition and labs.
•    Utilizes the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam to assist in the diagnosis of malnutrition. 
•    Evaluates for the appropriateness of enteral and parenteral nutrition support and provides the necessary recommendations. Maintains knowledge of nutritional supplements and formulary, and recommends changes as needed. 
•    Monitors  and provides follow up plans for nutritional status in accordance with the patient’s treatment goals and practice standards, as well as referring patients for outpatient nutrition therapy as appropriate
•    Consults with other health care professionals and members of the interdisciplinary team to manage patient care across the continuum; implements nutrition intervention(s) including communicating the nutrition care plan.
•    Collaborates with clinical nutrition team to assure patient care needs are met in all areas, promoting teamwork and planning cross coverage. Serves as lead preceptor for dietetic interns, and new staff.
•    Leads and organizes participation and involvement in at least one clinical (health care team), community or professional development activity annually (as approved by leadership). 
•    Evaluates outcomes by monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the nutrition care provided. Translates research findings into meaningful language and concepts resulting in the utilization of outcome data for posters, publication, or other communications by completing at least one Performance Improvement or Quality Initiative annually. 
•    Reviews and suggests needed revision of nutrition-related policies and procedures, education materials, clinical forms, and protocols, implements newest available evidence based practice, and available organizational guidelines.
•    Manages a complex patient panel (ICU, BURN, NICU, other specialty area) and assists the clinical nutrition team to prioritize daily patients to ensure meeting established productivity metrics and assigned deadlines.

Job Requirements

•    Registered Dietitian who maintains active registration, including continuing education,  by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Licensed Dietitian in the state of Indiana. 
•    Bilingual in English/Spanish preferable
•    Master’s degree, applicable CDR certification with 4 years of experience, or 10 years’ experience in specialty areas required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Knowledge of Occupational Safety & Health administration (OSHA), The Joint Commission standards (JCAHO), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and Indiana State Department of Health regulations as it relates to nutrition care, patient education and safety
•    General knowledge of nutrient analysis, word processing, spreadsheet software and other computer programs as required for patient documentation, patient health information, and departmental related reports and projects
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in dealing with diverse patient populations and health care team member. Excellent understanding of technology and its integration into clinical care.




Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis