DIETITIAN

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 14, 2019
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Health
  • Salary: $47,843.04 - $62,748.00 Annually

Job Description



EXAM NUMBER
J4784K

FIRST DAY OF FILING
November 14, 2019 at 8:00 A.M. (PT)

THE FILING PERIOD MAY BE SUSPENDED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. THIS EXAMINATION MAY REOPEN AS THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE REQUIRE.

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
OPEN COMPETITIVE JOB OPPORTUNITY

DEFINITION
Plans and provides nutritional care to patients by interpreting and adapting physician prescribed diets to individual needs and preferences and counsels patients about their food requirements, eating habits, and the essentials of nutrition.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS
Positions allocable to this class work under the administrative supervision and technical direction of a higher level professional dietary staff member. Incumbents function on either an in-patient ward assignment, an out-patient clinic assignment, or a combination of these two assignments. Dietitians develop nutrition care plans for those patients requiring a modified diet by reviewing physicians diet orders, diagnosis, laboratory test results, and other such data. Positions translate these data into meals which adhere to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, considering such factors as indicated food restrictions, the food available on the hospital master menu, the patient's food preferences, and ability to chew and swallow food. Incumbents counsel patients on an individual and group basis, explaining the nature of their diet and how it affects their medical condition. Incumbents plan and develop sample menus incorporating foods compatible with a patient's diet restrictions and other factors such as the patient's ethnic and cultural background, economic status, and ability to cook and prepare meals in an effort to facilitate adherence to a special diet when the patient is away from the hospital. Dietitians in clinic settings function independently in determining the need for and the scheduling of return visits to reinforce diet instructions and the patient's motivation to follow these instructions. On an in-patient ward assignments incumbents may lead food service workers engaged in ward meal service and related activities by assigning, training, and reviewing their work. Whichever their specific assignment, Dietitians instruct dietetic trainees, student dietitians, dietetic technicians, and others in the various aspects of their work.

Essential Job Functions

Develops a nutrition care plan for individual patients by reviewing physician's diagnosis, diet orders, laboratory test results and selecting appropriate foods; calculates quantity of each food serving necessary to provide a nutritionally balanced diet compatible with physician's diagnosis, considering such variables as food availability, food allergies/intolerance, and ability to chew and swallow food.
Interviews patients to obtain detailed diet histories in order to incorporate the patient's normal eating habits into the therapeutic diet plan to the maximum possible extent; records observations and other pertinent information for inclusion in the medical record.

Prepares for patient counseling by reviewing medical chart to obtain such information as physician's diagnosis, diet orders, medication prescribed, allergies and any other data which will aid in communication with the patient.

Confers with other allied health team members, such as physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals, to obtain pertinent information which will aid in communication with the patient and in formulating a nutrition care plan.

Uses Power Chart to document nutritional screening and nutritional assessment interviews with patients.

Counsels patients regarding their dietary needs and the relationship between their illness and diet, and motivates patients to maintain their diets.

Attends hospital rounds and conferences, answering questions on dietary matters raised by members of the inter-disciplinary health team and suggesting diet changes for patients having difficulties such as unexpected weight loss or gain, food allergy reactions, or adverse interaction with drug therapy as a result of a prescribed diet.

Responds to patients' food/dietary complaints and/or requests submitted via the Custody Automated Report Tracking System (CARTS).

Plans, organizes and conducts lectures or leads discussions for groups of patients with similar medical conditions and diet restrictions to motivate these patients to continue on their diets by giving them insight into the importance of diet in the treatment of their medical conditions.

Plans and presents lectures and conducts discussions with community groups and groups of allied health team members on food-related subjects such as normal nutrition and diet therapy as they relate to conditions such as pregnancy, hypertension, and diabetes.

Develops or adapts charts, graphs, written handouts and other visual aids to aid in teaching and counseling activities.

Observes meal service on wards/modules and address patients' comments about food acceptability; informs management about patient complaints and personal observations regarding the quality of the food and the meal service.

Trains food service workers in the performance of a variety of tasks related to the serving of meals.

Plans, develops, and conducts classroom instruction for food service workers on sanitation, safety, and hygiene in connection with food storage, food preparation, patient meal service, and related areas.

Provides on-the-job instruction in the detailed aspects of assignment to dietetic trainees, student dietitians, dietetic technicians, and others.

Conducts Continuous Quality Assurance studies.

Requirements
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
Registrationas a registered Dietitian by the Academy of Nutrition andDietetic Association.*

PHYSICAL CLASS
Physical Class II - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
*To qualify, applicants must submit alegible copy of their certificationas aregistered Dietitian by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Associationwith your online application at the time of filingor within 15 calendar days from the date of application filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE
As part of this application process, applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The questionnaire contains a pre-investigative questionnaire which will be utilized as part of the background investigation process to ensure applicants meet the standards set forth by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Applicants who fail the pre-investigative questionnaire will be disqualified and will have to wait twelve (12) months from the date of the disqualification in order to reapply.
Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT
This examination will consist of awritten test covering knowledge of food and nutritionand case study weighted 100%.

A HAND HELD BATTERY/SOLAR OPERATED NON-TAPE PRODUCING CALCULATOR WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION .

USE OF MEMORY-STORAGE, SCIENTIFIC, STATISTICAL, OR FINANCIAL CALCULATORS, CELL PHONES, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS (PDA'S) AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES IS PROHIBITED.

THE WRITTEN TEST ISNOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

TRANSFER OF SCORES
Applicants that have taken any identicaltest with the Sheriff's Department within the last twelve (12) months will have their test scores automatically transferred to this examination.

This examination may be used in the future for new examinations with the Sheriff's Department.Scores will be transferred to the new examination. Candidates may not be allowed to re-take any identical test for at least twelve (12) months.

CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ONTHE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.

Please note: Invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. Please add saalvare@lasd.orgto your email address book and to the list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.

Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Result letter will be mailed via USPS. Test scores cannot be given over the phone.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligibleregister in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation. Applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

No person may compete in this examination more than once every twelve (12) months.

SPECIAL INFORMATION

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE A THOROUGH BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING FINGERPRINT SEARCH.Examples of disqualifying factors include: Any felony convictions; job related misdemeanor convictions; certain serious traffic convictions or patterns of traffic violations (3 moving violations in one year; failure to appear; at fault accidents; suspended license; driving under the influence); poor credit history; poor employment history; substance abuse; anyone on probation.

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY IF HIRED
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Department) has a "zero tolerance" policy for its employees for the following:
  • use of narcotics, controlled substances, and/or prescription drugs without a prescription.
  • use of marijuana with or without a prescription.

Any employee found in violation of this policy will be subject to discharge.

VACANCY INFORMATION
The eligibleregister resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Custody ServicesDivision,Food Services.

AVAILABLE SHIFTAny
APPOINTEES MUST BE WILLING TO WORK ANY SHIFT, INCLUDING EVENINGS, NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, AND HOLIDAYS.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION

APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE ONLY - APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY U.S. MAIL, FAX, OR IN PERSON WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

All applicants are required to submit a Standard County of Los Angeles Employment application and supplemental questionnaireONLINEonly. Resumes cannot be accepted in lieu of applications, although resumes and supporting documents may be uploaded as attachments to the online application.

Fill out your application and supplemental questionnaire completely. Provide any relevant education, training, and experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. All information is subject to verification and applications may be rejected at any time during the selection process.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you haveclearlyshown that you meet theSELECTION REQUIREMENTSand you have completely filled out your application.

Apply onlineby clicking the green "Apply"button locatedat the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. Your application and supplemental questionnaire must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m., PT, on the last day of filing.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT .
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specification and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED .

NOTE:Candidates who apply online must upload any required documents as attachments during application submission. If you are unable to attach required documents, you may fax the documents to (323) 415-2580or email any outstanding required documents to sheriffexamsunit@lasd.org at the time of filingor within 15 calendar days from the date of application filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.Please include your Name, the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed documents.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal Law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT LIBRARIES: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD : All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

California Relay Services Phone:(800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone:(213) 229-1621
Teletype Phone:(213) 626-0251
Department Contact Name:Professional Examinations Unit
Department Contact Phone:(323) 526-5611
Department Contact Email: sheriffexamsunit@lasd.org


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