Vancouver Island Health Authority
In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Manager, Chronic Disease Management and Nutrition Therapy Services, Geo 1 / 2 or Geo 3 / 4, the Coordinator, Nutrition Services coordinates clinical nutrition services at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NGRH) or Victoria General Hospital (VGH) or Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) by performing duties such as supervising and coordinating work activities of dietitians and designated staff.
Provides nutrition support mentorship to site dietitians and interns and ensures department standards are maintained for patients on nutrition support throughout assigned facilities. The Coordinator provides practice leadership, coordination of nutrition education activities, supports quality improvement initiatives, assists with establishing goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the department. Provides clinical nutrition care to assigned inpatients and/or outpatients. Travels to various Island Health sites as required. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of Island Health (VIHA) in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Supports and facilitates the preceptorships of dietetic interns in the Island Health Dietetic Internship Program. Supports and facilitates clinical research projects in nutrition, as required.
Education, Training And Experience
Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university with a major in Nutrition/Dietetics or equivalent. Completion of a dietetic internship accredited by Dietitians of Canada. Current registration with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia.
Post graduate education in Nutrition Support. Certified Nutrition Support Clinician designation from the American Society of Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).
Eligible for membership in Dietitians of Canada. Minimum two years' recent related experience in clinical dietetics in acute care facilities. Minimum two years' recent related experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity. Minimum five years' recent related dietetic experience, encompassing a broad base of dietetic practice including acute care and nutrition support, and may also include Food Service Administration, Community Nutrition, Long Term Care, Dietetic Internship, and program planning, or an equivalent combination of dietetic experience. Experience working with dietetic interns is an asset. Valid BC driver's license.
Skills And Abilities
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with patients and their families, members of the medical team, departmental employees and representatives of outside agencies.
Ability to coordinate activities and liaise with medical and nursing staff, patients and the food service provider.
Ability to organize workload, set priorities and work with minimal supervision.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to plan, implement, organize, prioritize, and problem solve.
Confidently able to use computers, including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and PowerPoint).
Ability to find creative solutions to problems and to develop alternate strategies to support quality improvement initiatives.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to resolve conflict.
Ability to manage competing demands in a dynamic environment.
Ability to apply a level of decision making which involves:
Exercising judgment in complex and diverse situations
Planning and implementing major initiatives which have organizational or practice implications
Ability to use a problem solving approach which includes formulation and testing of ideas/solutions drawn from limited data and speculation/hypothesis.
Ability to function in a multiplicity of roles that are complex and diverse in terms of job responsibilities (e.g. education, program support and development).
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