Experienced registered and licensed dietitian with strong clinical and people skills.
Responsible for performing nutritional assessments and re-assessments, recommending nutrition interventions and monitoring and evaluating patient progress. Responsible for developing and monitoring enteral and/or parenteral nutrition support regimens collaboratively with medical staff. Responsible for developing and implementing educational programs for patients and staff. Served as a resource for medical staff regarding emerging trends in the nutritional care of LTACH patient population. Responsible for attending weekly interdisciplinary team meetings and participating in interdisciplinary team rounds (i.e., wound care or vent weaning). Assisted in the departmental and facility Performance Improvement Program. Served as a resource to the food service department to ensure compliance with established healthcare standards. Responsible for assisting the Food and Nutrition Department Director in developing, planning and standardizing menus.
Served as primary representative in patient care nutritional activities. Responsible for supervising and training clinical dietitians and diet office personnel. Responsible for developing and maintaining programs for patient satisfaction. Responsible for developing and maintaining Quality Assessment and Improvement Program. Served as key member of management team by interfacing proactively with department heads and chair appropriate unit committees and developing and revising policies and procedures relating to clinical/patient service areas. Responsible for screening and assessment of patient nutritional status, monitoring the nutritional status of patients, counseling of patient and/or family on special nutritional requirements, consulting with other health care personnel (physician, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, etc.) as appropriate.
Responsible for overseeing the implementation of yearly Nutrition Education Plan by providing technical assistance in reviewing and developing nutrition education lessons. Responsible for implementation, continuous perpetual monitoring and evaluation of High Risk Counseling Program while providing high risk counseling and supervising registered dietitians. Responsible for providing technical assistance in procedures pertaining to adult and pediatric medical nutritional products. Responsible for development and implementation of Gestational Diabetes and Special Health Care Needs Protocols. Served as quality assurance committee member and nutrition resource for staff questions and concerns. Served as a preceptor and secured supervised placement sites in community rotations for the University of Texas-Pan American Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Texas Department of Health Dietetic Internship students. Taught Introduction to Clinical Nutrition course, which is designed to cover the basic principles of human nutrition and the role nutrition has in disease prevention and minimizing disease progression. Responsible for certification, nutrition counseling and education of WIC participants. Responsible for overall management of designated clinic site. Assisted in implementing yearly Nutrition Education Plan and developing nutrition education materials and lessons. Counseled high risk participants. Served as quality assurance committee member and implemented quality assurance reviews. Served as a preceptor for The University of Texas-Pan American Coordinated Program in Dietetics and Texas Department of Health Dietetic Internship students.
Provided nutritional care and instruction for hospital patients. Consulted with physicians and other health care personnel to provide initial assessment, evaluation and continuum of care to patients. Evaluated and updated nutrition education materials. Assisted in hospital and department roles in the community. Clinical related areas included: Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Renal, Enteral/Parenteral Nutrition, Oncology, HIV/AIDS, and Pediatrics. Served as a preceptor for The University of Texas-Pan American Coordinated Program in Dietetics students.
2000-2003 Masters of Public Health School of Rural Public Health
Texas Licensed Dietitian Registered Dietitian
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Proficient in word processing, e-mail and Power Point.
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