Skills and Strengths of a Nutritionists Working as a nutritionist in a hospital requires a great degree of job understanding and knowing the nutritional requirements of all the patients. Hospitals may have thousands, may be tens or hundreds of thousands of patients. These patients have different nutritional needs in terms of nutrient requirements. They therefore need a higher level of understanding in order to ensure this. hospitals need to have a certified nutritionist or dietician. For one to be a good nutritionist and work best in a hospital setting, there are skills that are very necessary and that eases the flow and operation of activities. These skills will also enhance the understanding of the requirements of the patients.
First, a good hospital nutritionist should be an active listener (Johnson, 2007). The ability to take time to attentively listen to what other people have to say is generally a good skill in all fields. In order for a nutritionist or dietician to identify what exactly the patients need. one must actually be a good listener. This skill may be needed while dealing directly with the patients as well as when dealing with the professional staff such as doctors. As an expert, one may need to take time with the patients listening to them say what they feel and then conclude their nutritional requirements. Similarly, in consulting with the medical professionals, a nutritionist needs to pay attention as well. I believe I have what it takes to listen attentively to other parties before making a judgment. Therefore I am convinced I will not have difficulties in this position.
Another important skill for this position is the ability to monitor. Monitoring involves making assessments of one’s performance and that of other individuals to be able to make improvements where there may be need. In handling patients, one needs a close assessment of the performance of the diet given to every individual in order to see whether there has been a positive change. This may involve physically observing the individuals or simply checking the doctors’ report.
Service orientation is the third skill that is necessary for any nutritionist (Anthony, 2006). Whereas employment is based on how much is offered for the position, it is equally necessary for one to be motivated by the desire to serve that the hunger to gain wealth. A needier place is the hospital where the patients feel helpless and their life lies deeply on your hand to serve them without having to consider what you get out of it. As a nutritionist is such a setting, one should be actively looking for a way to offer help to other people. My driving force has always been the desire to serve others and not the gains associated with my service. This skill suits me for a hospital where I will be in a better position to help others who are in need.
Fourth is time management which involves managing both one’s time and that of others. A chain of activities occur in a hospital which calls for the need to properly manage ones time so that one does not inconvenience others. A proper time schedule should be laid down and be followed strictly to improve the efficiency of service.
Speaking is also a necessary strength in this practice (Proper, 2009). This skill enables one to convey information to others by talking to them. Speaking to people gives one a platform to convince them to do what is right. In speaking, a nutritionist is able to give advice to both the medical professionals, patients and their families. I have demonstrated a proven ability to effectively communicate verbally to people. I consider this as a strength that will help me in carrying out my duties successfully and help the institution.
In addition, judgment and decision making are other necessary ingredients. After receiving reports, recommendations and complaints from various stakeholders, it is essential for one to make critical judgments.
Finally, it is a big strength to be able to give instructions. This position requires teaching other staff how to go about their activities. Teaching them how to do things. My good communication skills will be a big boost to me in giving instructions.
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