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Diet Clerk

Company: Alameda Health System
Location: Oakland
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Job Description:

SUMMARY: Under supervision in the Dietary Department to provide support for Dietitians, Nutrition Assistants and Dietetic Technicians, Registered. in performing the more routine aspects of menu selection, checking the correctness of prepared meals, processing diet orders and changes; and performing other related duties as required.DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.1. Takes new diet orders over the phone or from a computer; enters new patients in diet rands and bed rands; enters patients likes and dislikes in diet rands; fills out appropriate meal slips and nourishment cards so that patients receive meals and snacks, if applicable; tallies food choices of all patients so that adequate amounts of food items can be prepared to meet the demand.2. Prepares patients' meal slips according to the current diet order on Diet Census before each meal.3. Selects food items for patients who are unable to select their own meals; using preprinted menus and meal patterns (written by dietitians in consultation with physicians); selects food items for patients on restricted diets so as to comply with the specified restrictions; selects food items for patients on regular, calorie-controlled, salt-free, low-protein, low cholesterol, low-fat, fluid-restricted, soft, pureed, or bland diets, using preprinted menus and meal patterns; modifies food items for patients per Dietitians and Diet Technicians' direction.4. Follows up on meals served to patients to establish whether meals are being satisfactorily prepared, served, etc; acts to correct complaints regarding quantity or quality of food served; may work as the checker on kitchen tray lines checking temperature, appearance of meals and contents of food trays to ensure that diet restrictions as specified by menu cards are being followed.5. Reviews the menus of patients who select their own meals but who are on restricted diets, to ensure that they stay within their restrictions; refers questions or complex problems to Dietitians for guidance and/or resolution; distributes and picks up menus from patients who select their own meals; may make ward rounds each day to check diet restrictions for new patients or may interview patients to determine their food preferences.6. Keeps records of patient's diets, actual meals and foods served to patient areas and food productions sheets; maintains inventory of dietary office's supplies, forms, and menus; files discharge patient profile cards.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Minimum Experience: One year working in a Healthcare Food Service Department as a Food Service Worker in addition to the successful completion of one college course in Diet Therapy; OR two years experience in a Healthcare Food Service Department as a Food Service Worker working on a tray line in addition to successful completion of one college course in Diet Therapy; OR six months working as a Diet Clerk (or similar position) in a Healthcare Food Service Department preferably with successful completion of one college course in Diet Therapy; OR possession of a Nutrition Assistant Certificate or an AA Degree in a related field.

Keywords: Alameda Health System, Oakland , Diet Clerk, Other , Oakland, California

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