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UnityPoint Health Nutrition Specialist-Clinical Dietetics-Methodist in Des Moines, Iowa

The Clinical Nutrition Specialist is responsible for assisting UnityPoint Health-Des Moines clients in achieving their best possible nutritional status through the application of a broad base of dietetic knowledge and experience.The primary goal of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is to improve the health of the community through healing, caring and teaching.Care given by the Clinical Nutrition Specialist contributes directly toward the achievement of positive patient outcomes.The Clinical Nutrition Specialist serves as an expert on clinical nutrition through education and marketing to physicians, patients, students, and other health professionals.Care given by clinical nutrition specialist contributes directly toward achieving this goal – Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time.

Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what’s right for the people we serve.

  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.

  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

    Visit us at to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.

  • Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and customer service by striving to exceed customer expectations.

  • Integrates and demonstrates FOCUS values and Expectations for Personal and Service Excellence to guide professional behaviors, while adhering to the policies and procedures of the hospital/ department.

  • Balance team and individual responsibilities; be open and objective to other’s views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to positive team goals; and put the success of the team above own interests.

  • Practice reflects knowledge of HIPAA, OSHA, and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

  • Demonstrates the ability to meet the department work schedule.

  • Demonstrates the knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

  • Oversees technical and support staff in the absence of administrative leadership personnel.

  • Plans and participates in interdisciplinary quality assurance and/or research studies relevant to nutrition services to enhance patient outcomes, contribute to cost savings, and to impact length of stay (i.e. formula room QI, nutrition support audits, diet order audits, ICU International Survey).

  • Maintains responsibility for evaluation and monitoring of nutrition related supplies, storage and utilization on assigned patient care areas.Also acts as a nutrition liaison to assigned area, providing nutrition information and solving patient care/nutrition problems unique to the assigned area &/or patient population(s).


Minimum Requirements

Preferred or Specialized


  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in foods, human nutrition, or dietetics; food service management; or Institution Management.

  • Successful completion of a postgraduate or equivalent dietetic program that fulfills requirements for registration by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

  • Master’s degree in Nutrition or related field or advanced dietitian certification within 18-24 months of hire


  • Advanced level; specific to clinical specialty required.

  • A minimum of two years of progressively responsible inpatient clinical dietetic practice within the past five years


  • Must be and maintain licensure as a Licensed Dietitian in the State of Iowa.

  • Must maintain registration status through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

  • Advanced certification within 18-24 months of hire

Requisition ID: 2023-127051

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Posting Minimum: USD $27.62/Hr.

Name: Clinical Dietetics

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: M-F 8a-4:30p; rotating Saturdays/holidays

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