Diet Technician

Position: Diet Technician

Job ID: 144575

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Clinical Nutrition Services

Talent Area: Dietician

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a-5p

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Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital opening in 2017. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at


We are searching for a Diet Technician – someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you’ll provide support to the clinical nutrition staff in a manner developmentally appropriate for the ages of patients served.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

Responsibilities :

  • Screens/rescreens patients for nutrition risk per established criteria
  • Documents results in medical record and makes appropriate referrals to the Clinical Dietitian as per guidelines
  • Performs follow up as per departmental guidelines
  • Initiates calorie count studies per RD request or MD order
  • Calculates nutrient intake data per standards and documents results per appropriate format in patient medical record
  • Communicates effectively with clinical, medical and diet office staff, responding to patient's nutritional needs
  • Provides dietitian with pertinent information regarding food concerns, eating difficulties and other nutritional problems in a timely manner
  • Helps to coordinate special patient requests/needs to facilitate accurate diet order implementation with the Diet Office
  • Provides accurate patient referrals to dietitian to include consults, NPO referrals, Food/Drug screening
  • Provides age appropriate patient education and menu adjustments to support the patient care plan
  • Collects and inputs data for Departmental Quality Control Plan as assigned including formula room or sample audits, NPO/CL monitoring and Food/Drug Interaction education compliance monitoring


One of the following:

    1.  Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) issued by the Commission for Dietetic Registration (Note: Registration is verified upon entry into this role; however, maintenance of the registration is not an ongoing requirement of the job.)
    2. Completion of a Dietetic educational program
    3. Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) issued by the Commission for Dietetic Registration (Note: Registration is verified upon entry into this role; however, maintenance of the registration is not an ongoing requirement of the job.)
    4. Bachelor's Degree
  • Knowledge of nutrition and dietetics
  • Must also possess the ability to adjust care to accommodate all age groups including Neonates, Infants, Toddler, Preschool Age, School Age, Adolescent, and Adult
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and nutrition software on the computer, and communicate effectively

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