BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,500 births in 2005/6, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.
BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the Child and Family Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
BCW and BCCH are agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Patients first • Best value • Results matter • Excellence through knowledge • Open to possibilities.
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BC Children’s Hospital
In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. Within the context of a patient-centred care model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, and the vision, mission and values of the respective Agency the dietitian provides clinical nutrition services through the assessment, planning, implementation and outcome evaluation of nutritional goals and care plans. Within an interprofessional environment collaborates with members of the health care team; provides clinical education to health care professionals and students and participates in nutrition and/or program based research, quality improvement and risk management projects.
Examples of Duties:
- Conducts nutrition screening and assessment of patients utilizing established standards and guidelines, performs physical nutrition assessments such as subjective global assessment, and identifies and obtains relevant data.
- Develops and implements patient-centred nutritional goals and care plans, based on assessment and utilizing appropriate standards as set by theCollegeofDietitiansofBritish Columbia, and incorporating individual patient’s needs e.g. cultural, religious, learning, social, and economic factors. Provides recommendations based on assessment and treatment modalities to health care team regarding nutrition support regime (oral, enteral and/or parenteral).
- Monitors patients to determine if the nutrition care plan is meeting the established nutritional goals such as promotion of optimal health, growth and development. Consults with the patient, families and/or caregivers, the physician, and other health care team members regarding the patient’s response to the nutrition care plan and makes recommendations for diet order changes and nutrition support regime as required.
- Documents nutrition assessments, care plans and recommendations at each stage of the nutrition care process according to established format, policy, timelines and legal requirements in the health care record and/or via reports. Maintains and updates patient files and/or databases according to discipline and program guidelines. Completes and maintains appropriate records for activities including workload statistics and formula requisitions as required.
- Attends interprofessional rounds or patient care conferences to provide input regarding patients’ nutritional status, response to the nutrition care plan, recommended modifications to the plan, and discharge planning needs.
Education, Training and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics or Nutritional Sciences from an accredited university. Graduate of a Dietitians of Canada accredited Dietetic Internship Program, or equivalent education, training and experience as approved by the College of Dietitians of BC.
- Registration with the Collegeof Dietitians of British Columbia with Restricted Activity A and B as appropriate for designated patient population.
- One year recent related experience working with the designated patient population in the relevant clinical services area within BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Broad knowledge of clinical dietetic theory and practice within a patient/family centered model of care for designated patient population.
- Broad knowledge of the standards of practice and guidelines for clinical practitioners established by the College of Dietitians of British Columbia.
- Broad knowledge of normal nutrition and health promotion/disease prevention strategies to improve the health of designated patient population.
- Broad knowledge of nutrition management principles for acute and chronic disease states and clinical conditions relating to the designated patient population.
- Broad knowledge of enteral nutrition and parenteral nutrition as appropriate for designated patient population.
- Broad knowledge of normal infant feeding practices including breast feeding promotion.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and monitor nutrition care plans.
- Broad knowledge of research process and methodology.
- Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with patients, families and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in an interprofessional environment.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload.
- Demonstrated ability to counsel and teach in individual and group settings.
- Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and think critically.
- Demonstrated skill and ability to operate related equipment and techniques appropriate to clinical areas.
- Basic computer literacy to operate a personal computer, word processing applications and patient care information system.
- Physical ability to perform duties of the position.
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PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.