Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clinical Dietitian GI Celiac and Nutrition Clinics in Nashville, Tennessee

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Unit Summary:

Vanderbilt is a leader in treating digestive disorders. We use the most advanced techniques and technology in the region. Our pioneering research, highly trained providers and dedicated staff have led U.S. News and World Report to rank us among the top 25 digestive disease centers in America.

The Center for Human Nutrition offers specialized care to people who need nutritional support, including those with:

  • celiac disease

  • eating disorders

  • inflammatory bowel disease

  • malabsorption

  • short bowel syndrome

  • recent medical procedures affecting nutritional health

  • Nutrition Support Program at Support Program

  • Malnutrition Clinic at Clinic

  • Celiac Disease Clinic at Disease Clinic

Services at the Center :

  • IV feeding support

  • Medical treatments for malnutrition

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Nutrition evaluation and diagnosis

Nutrition Support Program :

The Nutrition Support Program provides inpatient support for patients receiving food via an IV (total parenteral nutrition). In addition, the program supports patients with other specialized nutrition needs. Patients who continue on total parenteral nutrition upon returning home may receive care through the Malnutrition Clinic.

Malnutrition Clinic :

  • Bowel obstruction

  • Eating disorders

  • Fistulas

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Ischemic bowel disease

  • Malabsorption

  • Radiation enteritis

  • Short bowel syndrome

Celiac Disease Clinic :

Our care team includes physicians, nutrition specialists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, and researchers in nutritional health.

The Center houses several clinics:

The Malnutrition Clinic cares for patients from across the Southeast who are undernourished due to conditions including:

The Celiac Disease Clinic is a next step for patients who have received a possible diagnosis of celiac disease from their primary care doctor. The clinic can confirm celiac disease and provide ongoing support for managing this condition.

Assesses nutrition status of patients and identifies nutrition diagnoses. Develops, implements and evaluates outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients at nutrition risk. Initiates changes in care plans as needed. Provides nutrition education and counseling to patients, families, and the community. Trains dietetic interns and other health care students.

Your Role:

· Assesses nutrition status of patients and identifies nutrition diagnoses.

· Develops, implements and evaluates outcomes of nutrition care plans for patients at nutrition risk.

· Initiates changes in care plans as needed.

· Provides nutrition education and counseling to patients, families, and the community.

· Trains dietetic interns and other health care students.

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The clinic specializes in providing nutritional support interventions for various complex patient populations. Each patient is thoroughly assessed from a medical and nutritional standpoint so that the highest level of care is provided.

Clinical competencies for the position include:

  1. Initiates nutritional assessments of malnutrition patients according to patient needs including age, social and physical ability, disease state and progression, and physical signs of malnutrition

  2. Accurately obtains new patient physical assessment measurement

  3. Effectively utilizes practice guidelines to appropriately develop patient focused nutrition care plans

  4. Accurately assesses patients micronutrient needs and determines appropriate feeding regimens to meet these needs

  5. Provides nutrition counseling and education

  6. Effectively counsels malnourished patients regarding nutrition therapy adherence based on established nutrition care plans as discussed with supervising physician

  7. Appropriately assesses with laboratory monitoring of patients receiving enteral or parenteral nutrition and makes recommendations for formula changes when needed

  8. 2-3 years of clinical experience and CNSC (Certified Nutrition Support Certification)

Recognized standards for practice are the AMA, ANA, ASPEN, and ADA guidelines. The applicant should have familiarity with these standards.

The position will be filled by a professional with experience in nutrition support, patient counseling, and nutritional assessment. The dietitian is registered with the credentialing body of the American Dietetic Association and is also licensed in the state of Tennessee.

Position Shift:

· Monday – Friday; Days

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We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.

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This position requires a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1 year Supervised clinical practice experience.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist Required

  • Registered Dietitian Required

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

  • Light Work category requiring exertion up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects.


  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.

  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another

  • Occasional: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device

  • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.

  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.

  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles

  • Occasional: Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching or maneuvering self, patient and equipment simultaneously while working in large and small spaces

  • Occasional: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.

  • Occasional: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

  • Occasional: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.

  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

  • Frequent: Sitting: Remaining in seated position

  • Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.

  • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.

  • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.

  • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

  • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information

  • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.

  • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

  • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

  • Occasional: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.

Job Dietitian/Nutrition

Organization: GI Clinical 200180

Title: Clinical Dietitian GI Celiac and Nutrition Clinics

Location: TN-Nashville-The Vanderbilt Clinic (TVC)

Requisition ID: 1804108