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Oregon Health & Science University Instructor, Registered Dietitian, Diabetes Educator in Portland, Oregon

The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center (HSDHC) at Oregon Health & Science University provides diabetes education and disease management to children and adults who have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The HSDHC focuses on patients that have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, those with chronic disease, as well as patients admitted to OHSU for new onset diabetes. Care is provided as requested by physicians, other providers, or self-referral to the Center.

The Adult Diabetes Educator, working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, has the primary responsibility for providing diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy for patients seen at the HSDHC. The Educator will have direct patient contact in the outpatient setting and will be responsible for pre-scheduled face-to-face visits with patients as well as faciliation of group classes. The position is responsible for coverage of clinic and telephone triage of patient needs requiring timley response and coordination of care. The incumbent is expected to occasionally provide education to the public and community with lectures, talks, cooking classes and other engagements invited to participate in; work dietetic interns as well as with medical and nursing students during their rotations. The Adult Diabetes Educator will participate in Center committees and Center quality improvement and practice enhancement activities.

  1. Delivery of Diabetes Education
  • Assess patient/family learning needs, including barriers to learning and the most effective teaching methods. Implement patient/family teaching utilizing all available resources. Provide family teaching as needed to support the patient and family centered care across the continuum through service coordination.

  • Provide diabetes education, both individual and group, to patients and families referred, utilizing American Diabetes Association (ADA) Protocols and Standards of Care. Assess, interpret, develop, implement, evaluate and document a plan of care for each patient and safely deliver this care.

  • Provide medical nutrition therapy as appropriate.

  • Assist patient and family/caregiver in identifying behavior goals and incorporates these into the teaching plan. Provide health teaching and counseling which is supportive and/or restorative of health. Documents response to these actions.

  • May assist with providing education to patients starting or on currently on insulin pump therapy.

  • May assist with providing education to patients starting or currently on continuous glucose monitoring sensor systems in assigned or appropriate patients.

  • Maintain appropriate and timely documentation on all patient encounters

  • Educate patients on the use of blood glucose meters.

  • Educate patients on the use of insulin and other diabetes related injectable therapies.

  1. Educational Content Delivery and Development
  • Develop both HSDHC disease management and education materials as necessary.

  • Support diabetes education team with maintaining ADA Recognition for the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

  • Provide education to the community regarding diabetes as requested.

  • Assist in continued improvements of diabetes education group class materials for both type 1 and 2 diabetes group education sessions.

  • Assist with the development, marketing and teaching of classes for the community as well as diabetes and non-diabetes OHSU Patients

  1. Communication, Teamwork and Leadership
  • Liaises between staff, Medical Director(s), other departments and administration.

  • Evaluate diabetes practice via chart audits and observation.

  • Work collaboratively with OHSU personnel, maintaining communications that facilitate teamwork.

  • Coordinate activities, utilize time management, and accomplish patient care assignments in a timely manner.

  • Collaborate with other team members on specific issues and problems.

  • Demonstrate communication skills that convey a positive and supportive message. Communicate effectively.

  • Participate in projects and committees, as requested.

  • Promote multi-disciplinary team approach to achieve Diabetes Center goals and objectives.

  • Promote excellence in customer service and satisfaction.

  1. Professional Development and Organizational Participation
  • Incorporate the principles of OHSU Mission Statement into performance.

  • Perform staff member requirements as outlined in the Compliance Section of the OHSU Core Competencies.

  • Maintain in good standings with licensures and not allowing RD, LD, CDE credentials to lapse.

  • Adhere to the OHSU Code of Conduct.

  • Comply with organizational policies.

  • Incorporate OHSU service excellence/customer service philosophy in interactions within the work setting.

  • Support Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities, incorporating principles into practice for DMSE. Participate, as appropriate, in department specific CQI projects.

  • Demonstrate leadership through accountability and responsibility.

  • Demonstrate ability to access department and organization policies and procedures.

  • Complete all mandatory education requirements and activities within established timelines (JCAHO, TB testing and Employee Health compliance).

  • Participate in ongoing professional development and competency reassessment.

  • Establish yearly performance goals and demonstrate successful progress toward attainment of those goals.

  • Participate in ongoing professional development and competency assessment.

  • Respond to community education needs.

  • BS Food Science & Human Nutrition or equivalent relevant undergraduate degree. Completed dietic internship as applicable.

  • 2 years of recent experience working in direct patient contact position

  • 1 year of experience in direct patient contact position plus direct experience with adult diabetes population.

  • Must be able to effectively utilize oral and written communication skills with patients, families, caregivers, colleagues, and the public/community.

  • Strong passion for diabetes education.

  • Demonstrated computer skills and

  • Ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks in a fast paced outpatient environment.

  • Registered, licensed dietitian

  • RD eligible and must pass RD exam within first 90 days of employment

  • After two years of employment as RD must pass Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) Exam within 6 months.

  • an RN with a BSN from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) by 30 days before the start date.

  • Internal applicants: Associate’s Degree in Nursing; BSN preferred.

  • Current unencumbered Oregon RN license by 1 week before the start date.

Master’s degree preferred – will consider other relevant degrees

• 3 or more years recent experience working in direct patient care

• Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

Recruitment ID: 2020-6930

External Company URL: dturner

Street: Marquam Hill

Job Type: Faculty

Posting Department: Harold Schnizter Diabetes Health Center

Posting Pay: $60,305 - $90,632

Posting FTE: 1.00

Posting Schedule: Monday - Friday

Posting Hours: 8am-5pm; occasional long hours may be required and evening and weekend work for teaching classes. Physical location: PPV, with classes being held at waterfront OHSU locations on occasion. Position does not maintain a private office. Workspa

HR Mission: Healthcare

Drug Testable: Yes