WIC Registered Dietitian

DEPARTMENT: WIC
REPORTS TO: WIC Nutrition Assistant
LOCATIONS: Kerman/Mendota
 
SUMMARY:
Under the direction of the WIC Nutrition Assistant (WNA) II/III, the Registered Dietitian is responsible for conducting income, residence, and category screening; documenting WIC eligibility/certification information; providing participant orientation, conducting nutrition assessments; providing appropriate nutrition individual/group education sessions; developing the individual nutrition education plan (INEP); and prescribing and issuing food instruments.
 
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Works closely with the WNA II/III and other members of the WIC site team to:
· Provide referrals to health care and/or social services
· Provide participant orientation
· Prescribe and issue food instruments
· Scheduling WIC eligible/participants’ appointments
· Answer telephone calls
· Conduct income, residence, and category screening
· Document certification
· Conduct nutrition assessment
· Provide nutrition education
· Develop the INEP
· Assist in planning of nutrition education topics and outlines for classes.
 
1. PERFORMANCE AREA 1:
a) Conducts nutrition assessment, determines nutritional need, develops Individual Nutrition Education Plan (INEP), prescribes the most appropriate food instrument for the WIC participant, provides individual nutrition education and discussion of relevant nutrition education materials.
b) Enters in WIC MIS all data related to the nutrition assessment, Individual Nutrition Education Plan (INEP), one-on-one education, group education, referrals, food instruments, appointments and screening for income and residence..
c) Interviews clients. Determines their certification or re-certification eligibility including: category screening and certification documentation.
d) Performs Reception/PBX and clerical duties, to include answering the telephone, screening calls, greeting the applicant/participant and accepting the WIC Identification Folder (WIF) and other information required for certification or assessment. Provides participant orientation.
e) Enters all participant data and maintains computer data files through ISIS application, including: makes referrals, issues food instruments, schedules appointments and screens for income and residence.
f) Performs WIC MIS/paper daily files audits, per the WIC Continued Quality Improvement (CQI) Plan, to ensure accuracy and compliance with the WIC Policies and Procedures Manual (WPPM).
 
2. PERFORMANCE AREA 2:
a) Acquires WIC participant’s signature on food instrument log to compare with WIF for security.
b) Answers the telephone and utilizes WIC MIS screens to perform the following duties: applicant screening for income and residence, schedule/reschedule appointments for applicants and/or participants, and pregnancy outcome. Makes courtesy calls refers participants and applicants to appropriate community resources.
c) Assists in the planning and development of relevant educational materials for use in individual/group education and staff training.
d) Facilitates/conducts group education sessions, including discussion of relevant education materials.
e) Prepares printer for issuance, maintains check stock supply and security, issues and verifies food instruments in WIC MIS.
f) Participates in education via attendance at required training sessions/workshops and reading/studying printed materials provided by the WIC Nutrition Assistant II/III or the Nutrition and Breastfeeding and Nutrition Education Coordinator, to include information required to remain updated in established WIC Policies and Procedures Manual (WPPM) and Revisions.
g) Protects; promotes; and supports breastfeeding, regularly. Understands breast milk is the optimal nutrition throughout an infant’s first year of life. Avoids the display or distribution of materials which promote human milk substitutes. Supports co-workers who are breastfeeding. Seeks assistance from/refers to appropriate lactation specialist. Offers strategies for problems with breastfeeding initiation or maintenance. Knows how and when to issue a breast pump
h) Performs other duties related to WIC Program services as assigned by the WIC Nutrition Assistant II/III.
 
3. PERFORMANCE AREA 3: General Corporate Expectations
a) Attends and actively participates in all meetings (e.g., department meetings, program meetings, employee staff meetings) and other activities as required or
assigned.
b) Attends workshops/seminars as necessary to increase skills and knowledge to provide effective care, treatment, and/or leadership.
c) Supports the overall needs of the UHC WIC Program by working flexible or extended hours when necessary.
d) Supports the needs of the UHC WIC Program by traveling to other UHC WIC sites when staffing needs dictate the need for licensed personnel.
e) Demonstrates awareness of, and compliance with, organizational mission and objective of UHC to provide health care access and support services for all members of the community.
f) Supports their own staff development by completing the required hours of continuing education each year.
g) Other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally either verbally or in writing.
h) Maintains confidentiality and respect for information regarding patients and other team members; abides by UHC Rules of Confidentiality and WIC Policies and Procedures Manual (WPPM).
i) Displays a positive, professional and respectful demeanor at all times toward employees, peers, professional contacts, and participants served, maintaining a professional appearance and positive image for the health centers.
j) Contributes to the team by promoting positive staff interaction, maintains open communication with other programs/departments.
 
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
 
EDUCATION
· Minimum educational requirement of completion of an internship accredited by Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND); and certified as a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
 
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:
· Possess a valid Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Card
· Possess a valid CA driver’s license.
 
PRIOR EXPERIENCE:
· Minimum 1 year of experience in providing education/counseling/training, in a healthcare or community setting.
 
SKILLS
· Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with WIC participants and WIC staff of differing backgrounds; team player
· Knowledge and understanding of and sensitivity to area minority groups and their socio economic backgrounds and cultures.
· Customer-service oriented and basic computer skills
· Effectively interview and conduct group education and one-to-one education
· Able to regularly make appropriate decisions
· Able to provide effective assistance to paraprofessional staff
· Able to effectively organize work, with limited supervision
· Familiar with adult learning and general training techniques
· Positive professional insight
· Flexibility and dependability
· Demonstrated good problem-solving skills; sound judgment
· Modern office practices and procedures including email
· Attention to detail and excellent follow-through on work tasks
· Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
· Bi-lingual, English/Spanish desired
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
· Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds and push up to 50 pounds (on wheels).
· Must be able to hear staff on the phone and those who are served in-person, and speak clearly in order to communicate information to patients and staff.
· Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms and clinical and administrative documents.
· Must have high manual dexterity.
· Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn
 
***Travel May Be Required for this Position***