Enteral Nutrition: Optimal Use of Feeding

by Instructor: Jennifer Sporay, MS, RDN-AP, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND; Staff Writer: Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN


i 1.50 CEH

Course Overview

If the gut works, use it! - Healthcare professionals across disciplines are familiar with that mantra, and well aware that in most cases enteral nutrition is the preferred route of feeding for patients who require specialized nutrition support. While there is general agreement on the unique benefits of enteral nutrition, safe initiation and advancement of enteral feeding is quite often very difficult in practice. This course outlines how to identify patients who may require enteral nutrition support and provides current guidelines and evidence for initiating, advancing, and monitoring enteral feedings in hospitalized patients to ensure they are optimally fed.

The content in this course is applicable to dietitians and pharmacists.

About the Course Author

Susan Heinzerling began her nursing career as a Med/Surg nurse. Renal patients in acute care, with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing where she began as Hospice Admissions Nurse and later became a Hospice RN Case Manager. Susan has practiced hospice nursing in both a large, urban area and in a rural setting. Susan earned a B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's degree in Physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a Ph.D. Candidate in Immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Susan Heinzerling, RN, CHPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Jennifer Sporay, MS, RDN-AP, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND is a nutrition support and oncology dietitian with Sodexo.  She has worked as a clinical manager within the Geisinger and UPMC health systems in Pennsylvania and as an oncology patient navigator in the Penn Medicine system.  Adult critical care and home nutrition support have been her practice passions within the field of nutrition.  She has also developed a great interest in complimentary medicine and the role of medical cannabis in treating oncology patients.  Jen has been a nutrition support clinician for over 18 years and earned the honor of the Advanced Practice certification from CDR.

Jennifer Sporay, MS, RDN-AP, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

    Type Activity: Knowledge
    Target Audience Designation: P
    ACPE Universal Activity Number: JA0008057-0000-20-058-H01-P

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Determine the most appropriate method for administering enteral feedings.; Develop a plan for initiating, advancing, and monitoring enteral feedings.; Discuss strategies to prevent and treat complications related to the administration of enteral feedings.; Discuss the rationale for identification of patients who might require enteral nutrition support.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Enteral Nutrition
    A Complex Intervention
    When Is EN Appropriate?
    When Is EN NOT Appropriate?
    When to Start Enteral Nutrition
    Benefits of Enteral Feedings
    Short-term and Long-Term Access
    Short-term access
    Long-Term Access
    Standard Formulas
    Blenderized Formulas
    Elemental/Semi-elemental Formulas
    Disease- and Condition-specific Formulas
    Methods of Feeding
    Treatment of Diarrhea
    Aspiration Pneumonia
    Glucose and Electrolyte Complications
    Refeeding Syndrome
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Meet Pamela
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; Pharmacists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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