Dietetic Technician
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
Halifax, NS
Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Under the direction of the Manager of Nutritin and Food Services and in collaboration with the Clinical Dietitian, the Dietetic Technician (DT) conducts nutrition risk screening based on a pre-defined program. Using the established criteria, the DT identifies patients at risk and refers these patients to the Dietitian. The DT interviews patients, documents pertinent information and calculates Body Mass Index (BMI) and percentage of unintentional weight loss as appropriate. The DT is responsible for completing various menu management activities, including visiting patients through meal rounds and inputting meal and/or nourishment information into the computerized menu management system to meet patients' diet/food requirements and to optimize and encourage oral intake. In addition, the DT is responsible for straight-forward nutrition education.


  • Food Service Supervisor certification or acceptable equivalent (2-3 years undergraduate program in food and nutrition or
a combination of nutrition and food service courses)
  • General knowledge of the function and operation of Food and Nutrition Services, with particular knowledge of quantity
and quality food service to patients
  • Knowledge of therapeutic diets and basic nutrition
  • Computer skills preferred; knowledge of the "Vision" menu management system an asset
  • Excellent communication, teaching, time management and organizational skills
  • Competencies in other languages preferred; French an asset
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

  • Long-assignment, Part-time 70% Position; 52.5 hours bi-weekly
  • Approximate start date of December 10, 2018 and an expected end date of December 10, 2019 (approx. 12 months)
  • Dates are subject to change
Salary Information

$21.7740 - $24.7433 hourly

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentations such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on timeliness of delivering the above.

This is a Healthcare - NSGEU bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.
Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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