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Diet Clerk

Company: Sutter Health
Location: Novato
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:



Novato Community Hospital is a 47-bed acute-care hospital located approximately 30 miles north of San Francisco. It is a part of the Sutter Health network of doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers sharing resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access in the more than 100 Northern California cities and communities.

The Dietary Clerk staffs the Diet Office and Caf 101. The primary responsibilities include: processing patient diet orders and menus; organizing patient information into food service production tallies; helps to prepare and serve menu items for patient meals and snacks; serves as a primary contact person between nursing units, patients and Nutrition Services production staff.

1. Maintains patient confidentiality according to HIPPA regulations.

2. Directly assists the Nutrition Care Specialist and Clinical Dietitians in managing patient menus.

3. Accurately and efficiently process diet orders and changes to ensure patient meals are correct.

4. Prepares cold food and snack items for patient trays.

5. Assembles patient meal trays. Is able to supervise patient meal tray line, monitoring each tray for correctness and loading trays onto food carts.

6. Maintains and updates patient Kardex with current diet orders and patient information.

7. Prepares modified diet menus in accordance with patient's diet restrictions prior to distribution.

8. Corrects and clarifies patient's menu selections to reflect current prescribed diet for patients.

9. Prepares production sheets for cooks and cold food preparation

10. Answers the telephone promptly in a courteous and professional manner. Takes messages and communicates accurately, including MD Orders for Nutrition Consults.

11. Maintains daily meal count sheets and nourishment list. Writes nourishment labels and communicates them to appropriate cook. Prepares patient snacks.

12. Works with Nutrition Care Specialist, nursing staff, patients and/or families concerning patient's diet requests and food preference. Assists patients with menu selection.

13. Inventories and maintains par levels for nursing units and staff lounge Nutrition Areas, as assigned.

14. Demonstrates willingness to be flexible with assignments; assist with team building and problem solving; and works on department quality improvement projects, as needs arises.

15. Plans work time well and is efficient in task completion. Able to effectively meet established deadline for production, breaks and Diet Office tasks. Responds in a cooperative manner to crisis/emergency workload.

16. Communicates in timely manner with Nutrition Care Specialist, Clinical Dietitians Supervisor and Production Leads, as appropriate with information that impact patient's nutritional care.

17. Responsible for staffing Caf 101, opening and closing Caf 101, counting cash, transfer of cash between cafeteria and department safe, as assigned. Maintains professionalism and fosters positive customer relationships.

18. Follows personal safety, food safety and sanitation policies and procedures.

19. Maintains inventory of patient menus, diet office supplies, and photocopy requests.

20. Works on special projects as needed or assigned.

Qualifications :

MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Education: A high school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Previous diet assistant, diet clerk experience in an acute care hospital and/or knowledge of modified and therapeutic diets preferred.

Knowledge: Verbal and written English language literacy. Able to communicate in professional manner. Numerical literacy, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Knowledge of therapeutic diets and special diet needs of patients, preferred.

Keywords: Sutter Health, Novato , Diet Clerk, Other , Novato, California

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