A clinical nutrition manager generally works in a healthcare center or long-term care facility, carrying out nutrition therapy on patients to help improve or maintain their health. Often, this job involves evaluating patients to investigate the patient’s health status and history based on input from medical providers, medical records, the patient’s preferences and information from family members. All of the clinical nutrition manager's work should be conducted in adherence with applicable privacy policies and regulations.
The clinical nutrition manager determines what sort of nutrition is needed for the patient depending on their needs and limitations; as time progresses, the manager must assess if the diet is working and how it could be modified. Additionally, they often create general meal plans that can be applied to a wide variety of patients. This position may involve working with the cooks in the facility and making sure that food is prepared properly and handled in a sanitary manner that minimizes health risks.
Clinical nutrition manager positions generally require at least a bachelor's degree in a field related to nutrition or dietetics. Previous experience in a related role may be required or preferred as well. Additionally, it is important to have a strong knowledge of nutrition.
Clinical Nutrition Manager Tasks
- Manage the selection, training and development of staff.
- Ensure nutritional care in compliance with safety, sanitation and quality standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
- Acts as a liaison to the medical and nursing staff.
- Coordinating the nutritional care of inpatients and outpatients.
- Supervise clinical staff and give technical direction, delegate staff responsibilities.