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Oncology Dietitian

Facility: Good Samaritan Hosp Med Ctr Location: West Islip, NY Department: Cancer Services Category: Allied Health / Clinical Professional Schedule: Full Time Shift: Day shift Hours: varied ReqNum: 6021520

Oncology Dietitian

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537- bed (including 100 nursing home beds) teaching hospital and a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. With almost 900 physicians on staff, and a level II Trauma Center, we care for well over 100,000 patients annually across the south shore of Long Island. Our reputation for excellence is built on great choices and empowered leadership, and fosters a team that's focused on evidence based practice, continual learning and exceptional quality of care.

Assesses the nutrition status of patient's within the Cancer Center and provides the appropriate oncology-focused nutrition care in collaboration with the health care team. Provides nutrition education to the patient, family member(s) or caregiver(s). Develops appropriate recommendations for nutrition intervention; documents assessments and reassessments, and associated care plans in the electronic medical record. Participates with interdisciplinary meetings, Cancer Center committees, community outreach events and designated focus groups. Communicates with interdisciplinary team members including physicians, MLP's, and nursing staff to coordinate patient care. Performs other related duties and tasks assigned.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Addresses and assists in making reasonable accommodations and responds appropriately to the special needs of each group served specific to age, language, gender, culture, religion/spirituality, economic background, education or literacy, developmental or cognitive disabilities, physical and developmental disabilities.

  • Aids in the orientation and training of new employees.

  • Participates in clinical education of dietetic interns from clinical affiliates.

  • Supervises and aids the interns, and nutrition students as assigned.

  • Participates in performance improvement activities of the Nutrition and Foodservice department and Cancer Center.

  • Actively voices constructive suggestions for change to improve the quality of the department.

  • Is able to utilize the hospital information Management Systems (EPIC & CBORD).

  • Appropriately documents in the medical record as per hospital policies.

  • Demonstrates verbal and written communication skills when performing Nutrition Care Process (NCP) assessments and contacts physician to clarify or modify nutrition-related orders when necessary.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of cancer diagnosis, staging & treatment modalities.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of both disease-related and treatment-related side effects, inclusive of drug and nutrient interactions.

  • Has the knowledge base to perform a nutrition care process assessment, obtaining adequate information to identify nutrition related problems via the EMR, Patient, Patient's Healthcare Proxy or the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team.

  • Has the knowledge base to perform a Nutrition Focused Physical Exam, following specific, pre-defined, etiology-based malnutrition criteria adapted from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Has the knowledge base to formulate a nutrition care plan with SMART Goals & Interventions, designed to change a nutrition related behavior, risk factor, environmental condition, or aspect of health status.

  • Has the knowledge base to implement specific interventions from approved medical nutition therapies with regard to nutrition supplementation, nutrition support, alternative nutrition therapies, and pharmaceutical interventions.

  • Has the knowledge base to review and measure progress of the patient's nutrition status at scheduled reassessment times.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate referrals, as well as coordination of care; inclusive of palliative and end-of-life care

  • Has the knowledge base to perform a systematic comparison of current findings with previous status, intervention goals or a reference standard that is relevant to the nutrition diagnosis.

  • Has the knowledge base to provide both verbal and written educational material to patients when appropriate.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of prevention and survivorship.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics required, Master's Degree preferred. Must have completed a post graduate supervised, Commission on Dietetics Registration approved Dietetic internship program and have successfully passed the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. Certification with New York State is required within 1 year of start date.

  • Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) preferred, or is able to meet minimum requirements of certification and will obtain within 12 months of start date.

  • Computer skills, required. Hospital Information Management Systems (EPIC & CBORD) knowledge, preferred. Must be flexible with work assignments and able to work in a labor intensive work environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, customer-service focused.

  • Minimum of 3 years of clinical dietetic experience in an acute care hospital setting or an oncology based program.

At Catholic Health Services of Long Island your well-being comes first, with comprehensive compensation and benefits; our offerings go beyond the basics. In addition to multiple medical plans, life insurance, generous paid time off and flexible spending accounts, we also offer substantial tuition reimbursement, an employer funded pension plan and several savings plan options for your future.

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