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Course Overview

Significant weight loss has consequences. To the individual, it increases his or her nutritional risk for poorer outcomes, even death. The course is intended to break down the procedures for nutrition assessment so the learner can successfully navigate through each step of the process. It includes a detailed review of the resident assessment instrument process so clinicians can thoroughly understand and be successful in its implementation. Practical tips and real-life examples are provided throughout for the nutrition professional who would like to connect the information to actual practice.

About the Course Author

Doreen J. Rodo, MEd, RD, LD, obtained her BS in dietetics from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. She completed her internship at the University of Connecticut in conjunction with Hartford Hospital. Recently, she earned a master's degree in nutrition education from Framingham State University. She has more than 25 years of long-term care experience and has worked as a food safety auditor, has worked as a public health dietitian, and is a ServSafe food safety teacher. Rodo is a professional mentor for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and helps students apply for internships and find rotations. To help the students learn more about long-term care, she prepared several educational PowerPoint presentations and has more than 1,000 views at the time of this writing. Recently, she became a nutrition consultant and works for hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Future goals are to teach a class at the college level and to continue to pursue a variety of writing projects. Doreen J. Rodo, MEd, RD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 21.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Calculate fluid recommendations for patients; Describe and give examples of “avoidable” and “unavoidable” weight loss; Determine if an individual is dehydrated or overhydrated; Discuss how various diseases — COPD, diabetes, cancer, infections, and pressure injuries — impact nutritional status and weight loss and what interventions are possible; Discuss the survey process in long-term care, what the surveyors are looking for, and the steps to take to prevent citations; Explain how dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect appetite and intake, and describe interventions to prevent weight loss for the individual and in the dining environment; Explain the relationship between illness, appetite, and weight loss; List five interventions to improve the quality of a dining program in long-term care; Name five reasons why an elderly individual may have a decreased appetite, and list five possible solutions; Provide at least two “best practices” that RDNs will be able to use in their daily roles as RDNs or nutrition professionals; Review the impact of drug use in the elderly and dental health on nutritional status; State the importance of improving the registered dietitian nutritionist assessment process to focus more on the individual; Understand the Resident Assessment Instrument process and demonstrate how to answer questions on the Minimum Data Set
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level II level Dietitians; 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 courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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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.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • 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.