STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
CLASSIFICATION: DIETETIC TECHNICIAN
Class Code: 3196-14 Date Established: 4-28-05
Occupational Code: 7-4-5 Date of Last Revision: 03-29-06
BASIC PURPOSE: To assist Dietitians in planning and directing the nutritional care of patients including compiling and preparing data for use by superior and others.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Provides supervision of diet office staff in the collection and summary of clinical data to be used in a quality management program, and assists in the preparation of monthly financial data for the department.
· Develops and provide training regarding departmental procedures to subordinates which may include orientations.
· Assists clinical nutrition manager in planning and coordinating nutrition and wellness activities.
· Assesses the nutritional status and performs nutritional screening of patients with uncomplicated medical conditions and refers high-risk patients to Dietitians.
· Educates patients and documents process regarding medical nutrition therapy; food and drug interactions; disease prevention and health promotion.
Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.
Knowledge: Requires knowledge of business practices and procedures or technical training in a craft or trade, including working from detailed instructions, to apply knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires partial supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including assigning job duties, providing training, giving instructions and checking work.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate course of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires a combination of job functions to establish facts, to draw daily operational conclusions, or to solve practical problems. This level also requires providing a variety of alternative solutions where only limited standardization exists.
Independent Action: Requires making a limited number of choices in selecting among alternative courses of action under supervisory guidance and in performing job functions according to a variety of prescribed policies or procedures.
Education: Associates degree from a recognized college or technical institute with major study in Dietetics. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Three years of experience in Dietetics, in a large hospital or institute, preferably with some experience in the special diet area with one year of experience in a supervisory or administrative position with responsibility for providing program information to others. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: For AAS degree, Dietetic Technician, Registration preferred.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of dietetics and nutrition and of institutional diet management. Ability to teach, keep records and make reports. Knowledge of the organization and operations of the departments or agency section in which the position is assigned. Ability to follow specific instructions in gathering facts, data or resources in organizing required information. Ability to present information to a variety of individuals with differing abilities with clarity and effectiveness. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with other employees and general public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.
Last Updated 10/21/04