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Clinical Nutrition Assistant 1

Job Ref: 28112

Talent Area: Food Service

Location:
Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: Food&Nutr Serv

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: Varies


Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.


Job Summary

This position has many diverse functions, which include educating patients on one (1) of two (2) dining services programs (Room Service and Traditional Paper Menu Service). For units on room service, the CNA I gives the patient the Room Service packet specific to their physician prescribed diet order and assists patients with meal selections and placing orders as needed.  For units on traditional menu service, the CNA I distributes and collects paper menus on assigned units only, all while complying with patient confidentiality standards. Completes approved number of required customer service and/or diet knowledge inservices.  Always uses the ICARE values and Service Pride standards.  Communicates with peers and management regarding identified hazards in the work place. Follows all safety/sanitation rules while on the job.  Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.  Follows all departmental policies and procedures and must comply with the City of Houston Food Ordinance.

PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED
Select the applicable age group(s) of primary customers/patients served by this position.

Not applicable
Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Preschooler (3-6 years)
School Age (6-12 years)
Adolescence (12-18 years)
Young Adult (19-40 Years)
Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
Mature Adult (65 years and older)


HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

I. Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

II. Focuses on patient/customer safety
III. Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
IV. Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
V. Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
VI. Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

PEOPLE (20%)
1. Possesses, displays and maintains a ¿patient centered¿ and service minded¿ attitude toward patients.
2. Handles patient concerns in a prompt and courteous manner.
3. Interacts with patients, provides a smile and a friendly greeting and uses their name whenever possible.
4. Interacts with family members and nursing on a daily basis
5. Communicates clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.
6. Demonstrates skill and ability to communicate pertinent information (difficulty eating, poor appetite, nourishment concerns, formula usage, requests to see the Dietitian) to ensure properly handling and processing of information.
7. Accurately logs and tracks customer concerns on the Room Service Round sheet
8. Demonstrates good judgment in decision-making.
9. Promotes, develops and sustains teamwork, resolves personnel and organizational conflicts seeking consensus and feedback, negotiating, and communicating.
10. Demonstrates skills and ability to assist customers (e.g., patients, nursing, family members, physicians, intradepartmental staff) in obtaining services and respond in a timely manner to customers requesting assistance.
11. Responds to pages in 15 minutes or less.

SERVICE (20%)
1. Assists and accommodates patients with information regarding their diets, meal ordering directions and problems.
2. Distributes fruit baskets and birthday cakes to patients when ordered
3. Greets and educates patients on the room service program as well as distributes the appropriate room service menu packet specific to their physician prescribed diet order when it is available.
4. Assists the patient as needed in placing their order using computerized departmental software or answering any questions about their menu selections.
5. Returns paper menus to the office for entry into the departmental software system.
6. Checks and updates menu packets prior to each meal service time, ensuring that they are appropriately modified to meet the physician prescribed diet order.
7. Checks the tray for accuracy and presentation prior to delivering to the patient.  Secures any missing items or additional items requested by the patient at the time of delivery.

QUALITY/SAFETY (20%)
1. Confirms diet orders listed as ¿no orders¿ on the patient meal work sheets, including orders, which do not conform to standard diet orders.
2. Identifies the patient by name and date of birth prior to meal delivery.
3. Reviews Insulin Reports for patients on diabetic medications that require medication reminders prior to meal delivery
4. Follow proper hand hygiene techniques while entering and leaving patient rooms.
5. Collects soiled trays from patient rooms, returns to food carts and records calorie count information on the tray tickets.
6. Ensures that patients are satisfied with all levels of service including wishing them well when they leave.
7. Distributes nourishment to patients at the assigned times
8. Accurately and efficiently plans, organizes and controls assigned tasks and responsibilities, leading to high productivity, quality, responsiveness and patient satisfaction
9. Provides accurate documentation of work performed.
10. Follow all safety requirements while operating and handling food carts and kitchen equipment.

FINANCE (20%)
1. Inventories and keeps condiments at pre-established amounts to reduce waste and stay within budgeting funds.
2. Maintains stock of patient menus on assigned floors.

GROWTH/INNOVATION (20%)
1. Completes approved number of required customer service and diet classes
2. Demonstrates skills and ability to handle situations in the absence of the Supervisor.
3. Demonstrates good judgment in professional decision-making.
4. Demonstrates skills and ability to obtain as well as analyze pertinent information in order to make informed decisions.
5. Demonstrates the skills and ability to take appropriate follow up action to ensure that the workload is processed and identified discrepancies are resolved within established time frames

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.  Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School Diploma or GED required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Hotel, hospitality experience preferred but not required. Preferred minimum 1 year experience in a large hospital Food and Nutrition services department

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
Texas Food Handlers Certificate through American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is required effective 9/1/2016.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
Must possess good communication skills and be able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be able to work independently with limited supervision and requires the ability to listen well. Must enjoy serving customers in a positive friendly and courteous manner.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

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