Nutritionist Assistant I, Mon-Fri 7:30-4:30, with occasional

at Arkansas Childrens in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Work Shift:

Day Shift

Time Type:

Full time


CC038351 ACRI ACNC General Salary


The Research Assistant/Nutritionist I assists the Nutrition Study Coordinator (NSC) in the day-to-day nutrition data collection and quality control of study procedures. The Research Assistant/Nutritionist I follows standard operating procedures, attends training sessions, and maintains certifications, where appropriate and as directed by the NSC. The Research Assistant/Nutritionist I obtains accurate, high quality data from study participants while minimizing the risks and distresses the study participant may experience. Special attention is given to developing and maintaining a pleasant and professional relationship with all study participants and their families, as well as with the ACNC staff and faculty.

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Required Work Experience:

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1. Research Practice

Trains bi-annually and certifies annually in all nutrition-related study procedure measurements including anthropometrics, body composition (PeaPod, BodPod, BIA, DXA, NMR), resting energy expenditure (metabolic cart) and any other procedure that will be pertinent to research protocols.

Participates in routine inter-rater reliability measures and yields scores within acceptable tolerance.

Administers 24 hours diet recall using Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR).

Records 3 day food records using NDSR.

Communicates with Nutrition Studies Coordinator as needed.

Assists participants in feeling at ease with all research procedures by explaining processes and what participants should except to happen.

Recognizes emergency situations and intervenes appropriately.

May cross-train in other clinical research areas, such as the Brain Function Unit (Geodesic Sensor Net), EEG, EKG and any other research task requested by supervisor and/or ACNC administration.

2. General Responsibilities

Maintains CITI certification and licenses where applicable.

Reports to Nutrition Studies Coordinator.

Interacts and communicates with research participants, families and co-workers.

Reflects a basic understanding of age-specific issues.

Respects privacy and confidentiality of participants and adheres to HIPPA regulations.

Provides positive customer relations.

Understands the possible stress associated with research experience.

Uses appropriate language and provide assistance in coping with the research experience.

Understands individual/racial/religion differences and treats every participant equally.

Complies with ACH policies regarding attendance/tardiness.

3. Professional Performance

Demonstrates the ability to learn, perform and maintain competencies in performing all study procedures.

Practices cost effective use of resources.

Utilizes available communication tools to remain informed.

Preserves participant’s privacy and maintains confidentiality.

Demonstrates professionalism as evidence by: appearance, ethical practice (honest, trustworthy, truthful, dependable, accountable, cooperative, courteous), and motivation.

Accepts and incorporates changes with minimal resistance.

Other duties may be assigned that are in the determination of the management associated with the position and are commensurate with the incumbent’s knowledge, skills and abilities.


Required – Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university – Field of Study: Dietetics and Nutrition

Preferred – Master’s degree or equivalent degree – Field of Study: Dietetics and Nutrition


Preferred – 1 years clinical dietetics experience preferred

Preferred – 1 years pediatric experience preferred

Preferred – 1 years research experience preferred


Preferred – Registered Dietitian (RD)


Preferred – Must be proficient in using Microsoft Office

Preferred – Must be detail-oriented

Preferred – Demonstrated oral communication, problem-solving and collaborative skills


Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight-Up to 35 pounds-Occasionally

Noise Level-Noise Level-Quiet

Physical Activity-Climb or balance-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Reach with hands and arms-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Sit-Regularly

Physical Activity-Stand-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Talk or hear-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Use hands to touch, handle, or feel-Occasionally

Physical Activity-Walk-Occasionally

Physical Environment-Inside Office Environment / conditions-Regularly

Safety Sensitivity-This position has been designated as safety sensitive.-Required

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s ( is the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows our organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

As Champions for Children, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status ( . Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values: safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our services include two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

Arkansas Children’s reaches more children in more ways where they live, learn and play. Our system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. We are nationally ranked by U.S. News World Report ( in four specialties (2017-18): Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 37; Neonatology, No. 38; Pediatric Pulmonology, ranked No. 47; and Pediatric Urology, ranked No. 48. A sister campus, Arkansas Children’s Northwest ( , opened in February 2018, bringing 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state.

Arkansas Children’s provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. Further, Arkansas Children’s will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

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Job Posting: JC192364957

Posted On: Sep 15, 2021

Updated On: Oct 24, 2021