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CommonSpirit Health Dietitian - Food & Nutrition in DES MOINES, Iowa


MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping individuals live their best life.

With 420 care locations, our clinics, medical centers and affiliates are never too far from home, allowing us to improve the lives of individuals and communities across the state of Iowa and beyond.

MercyOne’s Central Iowa Region includes medical centers in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines.



Responsible for assessing the nutritional status and providing individualized nutrition care plans and education from the analysis of the medical record and patient interview information for each hospitalized patient utilizing specialized knowledge and skills.


  • Responsible for assessing the nutritional status and providing individualized nutrition care plans from the analysis of the electronic medical record and patient interview information for each designated hospitalized patient utilizing specialized knowledge and skills including the provision of discharge planning.

  • Educates and counsels patients of all ages including infant, child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and significant other on modification of diet required for continued recovery as assigned.

  • Documents findings, actions and summary of assessments, follow up and diet instruction comprehension in the electronic medical records.

  • Reviews and modifies the patient room service meal selections as needed; updates diet office computer system for acuity levels and nutritional care activities.

  • Participates in department meetings and Dietary staff small group meetings to inform and respond to concerns. Meets regularly Director, Chief Clinical Dietitian.

  • Communicates with the Dietitians, Diet Techs, Communications Operators, supervisors, nurses and other healthcare team members.

  • Takes phone inquiries regarding nutrition-related questions/problems from in and outside the hospital.

  • May conduct formal classroom instructions in nutrition and diet therapy.

  • Upon referral, provides individual outpatient diet instruction for all age levels and provides feedback to physicians as needed.



  • A professional level of knowledge in a specialized field (nutrition and dietetics), which is equivalent to that which would be acquired by completing a regular four-year college program with a Bachelor’s of Science degree.

  • Completion of the Coordinated Undergraduate Program, Internship Program or other qualifying experience approved by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is required.

  • Registration eligible upon completion of an approved internship program or qualifying experience and successfully taking and passing the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam. Failure to pass the CDR exam within two (2) attempts will result in the termination of the employee’s employment status.

  • Current registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration is required.

  • Current license with the State of Iowa for Dietetic Practice is required.

  • Credentialing in an area of specialization, if available, is desired.

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Requisition ID 2021-180006

Employment Type Per Diem

Department Food Service

Shift Varied

Standard Hours Varied

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.