Mercy Health

  • Dietitian-Lead

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    Position Type
    Full Time
    Dietitian Services
    US-AR-Fort Smith
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.

    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    The Dietitian Lead uses advanced practice skills, education and experience for leadership and responsibilities including: Assigned supervisory and management responsibility (while continuing to manage a case load of patients) including responsibility for continued smooth operations of the clinical nutrition services staff and regulatory compliance. Conducts Performance Improvement projects, serves as nutrition representative on key Mercy Service Teams, task forces and special projects and is the liaison for the satellite contract Dietitian. Coordinates In-Services for the kitchen staff and assists the food service supervisor with monthly department meetings, and makes appropriate menu hanges/substitutions for all the modifiepatient menus. Conducts ongoing education and training of competencies for clinical staff anannually evaluates the Registered Dietitians. Self-directed, manages multiple tasks efficientlwith appropriate prioritization and advanced critical thinking skills. Additionally, the Lead Dietitian is responsible and performs duties with a minimum of supervision, for all patient units or service areas, in-patients or out-patients, to assure appropriate identification of patients who are at nutrition risk and to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Services.

    The Lead Dietitian assures that the Mercy Mission, Mercy Values, Service Standards, confidentiality, policies and procedures of the department and Health Center are followed, This

    responsibility includes the appropriate utilization of the Health Center's resources to optimize patient care. This position reports to the Executive Director Support Services. Performs duties

    and responsibilities in a manner consistent with our mission, values, and Mercy Service Standards.



    Because you’re committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That’s why you’ll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:

    • Required Education: BS Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics


    • Experience:  Three years Healthcare experience in a clinical dietetics and/or healthcare foodservice.


    • Certification/Registration:  Both RD and LD status must remain effective and current thereafter. 

    • Registered Dietitian (current) with Arkansas license (or eligibility for AR license).


    • Other Skills & Knowledge:  Basic computer and office equipment skills.  Basic skills in software programs including Word, E-mail, Powerpoint or equivalent.  Able to communicate effectively to patients, guests and co-worker.


    • Preferred Education:  Master's Degree in Dietetics or related field.


    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed.  We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.


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