Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Dietitian - Advanced Practice in Des Moines, Iowa
Summary The following positions are in the Nutrition and Food Service, Service Line, located at the Central Iowa VA Health Care System, Des Moines campus: Advanced Level Practice Registered Dietitian (RD)/Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) - GS 12 Advanced Level Practice Registered Dietitian (RD)/Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) - GS 12 Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Certified Diabetes Educator - Coordinates the education of medical staff, students, Veterans and families on the medical nutrition therapy for inpatient and outpatient plans. - Serves as an education resource, instructing physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, interns and residents at VACIHCS on the current research and practice regarding diabetes-related issues. - Conducts education seminars, including in-services and symposiums for the medical center staff. - Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for each Veteran based on individual needs, including nutrient requirements, knowledge and abilities, medical, economic and social situation. - Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the patient and/or family. Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with the patient's treatment goals, referring patients to community or home health services as appropriate. - Participates in community projects and education as needed/assigned. Certified Nutrition Support Clinician - Coordinates the education of medical staff, students, Veterans and families on the medical nutrition therapy inpatient and outpatient plan. - Serves as an education resource, instructing physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, interns and residents at VACIHCS on the current research and practice regarding nutrition support issues. Instruction may involve specialty aspects of nutrition such as critical care, drug/nutrient interactions of short bowel rehabilitation, inborn errors of metabolism, meal management or nutrition management of Veterans. - Assists in the nutrition education of medical students, interns and residents via learning experiences and formal instruction. - Conducts education seminars, including in-services and symposiums for the medical center staff. - Assess educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for Veterans, family members and groups about nutrient modifications and/or nutrition support therapy. - Assesses educational needs and provides nutrition counseling for each Veteran based on individual needs, including nutrient requirements, knowledge and abilities, medical, economic and social situation. - Evaluates achievement of learning objectives by the Veteran and/or family. Provides appropriate follow-up in accordance with the Veteran's treatment goals, referring patients to community or home health services as appropriate. - Participates in planning and educating Veterans for home nutrition support when necessary. - Participates in community projects and education as needed/assigned. Work Schedule: Full-time; Monday - Friday, 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM and 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: If approved, will be on ad-hoc basis Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Education and Supervised Practice: (1) The individual must have earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and fulfilled each of the following criteria: (a) Completed a didactic program in dietetics accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE). (b) Completed an ACEND accredited or approved supervised practice program. Supervised practice programs are post-baccalaureate degree programs that provide supervised practice experiences which meet the eligibility requirements and accreditation standards of ACEND, formally known as CADE. Completion of a coordinated program in dietetics fulfills the requirements of a supervised practice program. Time spent in a dietetic internship or supervised practice program does not qualify as creditable experience. (2) Individuals who have earned college and/or university degrees outside the United States and its territories also must have their transcripts evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine if their degree is equivalent to a degree granted by a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Validation of a foreign degree does not eliminate the need for verification of completion of didactic program, dietetic internship, or coordinated program requirements. The completion of ACEND didactic program requirements and at least a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university or foreign equivalent are necessary for eligibility to enter an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Registration/Certification: All applicants must be registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing branch of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA). English Language Proficiency: Dietitians must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d). Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a dietitian on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and registration requirements or board certification, if applicable. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following apply: Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journeyman) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Dietitians who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Dietitians initially grandfathered into this occupation who subsequently obtain additional education and/or registration that meet all of the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. Employees who are retained as a dietitian under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a dietitian. Grade Determination: GS-12 Advanced Level Practice Experience: Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Credentials: Advanced level practice dietitians must possess a minimum of one advanced practice credential relevant to the area of practice, (e.g. Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR), Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) or Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO)). Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): 1. *Ability to develop, maintain, and supervise a system of internal reviews and direct quality control and performance improvement studies to assure compliance with various accrediting, regulatory, and agency authorities. 2. *Knowledge of the principles of program management and oversight required to develop program goals and objectives, administer and monitor program, evaluate program outcomes/accomplishments, set and redefine priorities, and implement effective solutions in processes/systems as needed. 3. Ability to act as a consultant for staff. 4. Ability to mentor and educate peers and other multidisciplinary team members in complex issues, procedures and practices. 5. Ability to make presentations on topics regarding food, nutrition and health issues. 6. Ability to make high level decisions with a focus on delivering patient care and achieving program outcomes. 7. Ability to contribute to evidence analysis process to affect practice and identify and create new practice opportunities. Reference: VA HANDBOOK 5005/80, PART II, APPENDIX G20The full performance level of this announcement is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, carrying, pushing, walking, and standing are required to fulfill the duties of this position. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. 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