NAIR

Care of the Individual Receiving Enteral Nutrition

Purpose
As a result of participating in this learning activity, the learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the care necessary for individuals receiving enteral nutrition by passing the final exam with a score of ≥ 70% at the end of the on-line learning activity.
Description
In the past, aides in home care and long-term care have had limited exposure to individuals receiving enteral nutrition, commonly referred to as tube feedings. However, this is changing rapidly with the increase in the level of care needed for individuals in home care and/or skilled nursing facilities. Aides in these settings need knowledge of current enteral nutrition care guidelines to meet these changing needs.

This module provides aides with knowledge of current evidence based care for individuals receiving enteral nutrition. Aides will have the opportunity to learn about the gastrointestinal system and how it relates to different feeding tubes, nutritional formulas and supplies. In addition, current evidence based care techniques and observation skills necessary for providing effective care for individuals receiving enteral nutrition will be discussed.
Delivery

This is a self-paced course with knowledge check activities. These non-graded activities allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding on in the course. At the end of the course, you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and complete the evaluation in order to obtain a certificate of completion.

Objectives
  • Explain the difference between enteral nutrition and normal digestive process
  • Describe when enteral nutrition can be used as well as not used
  • Recognize different types of tubes, formula and equipment associated with enteral nutrition
  • List common enteral feeding complications and possible causes
  • Identify observations requiring prompt report to the nurse
  • State care and support the aide can provide related to enteral nutrition issues
Contact Time

1 contact hour(s) based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1 hours

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of health care professionals such as Home Health Aides or Nursing Assistants working in home care or skilled nursing facilities.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Nancy Hust, RN, MS, CNE; Vanessa Kneeskern, BSN, RN; Chris Stewart, RN; Janet Schuck, RN; Amy Stoeger, RN

Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Commercial Support

This course (CE activity) was developed in accordance with ANCC criteria and Commercial Support Guidelines. The planners and authors of this course have disclosed no relevant financial, personal or professional relationships with any commercial entities pertaining to this activity. The content has been designed to be free of commercial bias for or against any product or commercial entity.

Bias

This course has been designed to provide a balanced view of therapeutic options and be free of commercial bias for or against any product or commercial entity. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, trade names from several companies will be used. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorse any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Conflict of Interest

This course was developed in accordance with ANCC criteria regarding Conflict of Interest and Commercial Interest organizations; the planners and authors of this course have disclosed no relevant financial, personal or professional relationships with any commercial interest organization pertaining to this activity.

Author Originating

Nancy Hust - BSN RN MS CNE

Nancy Hust is a certified Nurse Educator with over 35 years of experience in nursing, encompassing home health care, long term care and acute care. For the past 12 years, Nancy has been primary instructor for the practical nursing program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, MN, focusing on nursing fundamentals and geriatric care. During that time, Nancy served as Faculty Champion for the Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance. She was also a fellow in the Faculty Learning about Geriatrics program at the University of MN Hartford Center of Geriatric Excellence and a contributing scenario author for Elsevier Simulation Learning Systems for LVN/LPN's.

Copyright

Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.

Acknowledgment

This course was developed by Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota.

Course Code
NAIR
Course Category
Paraprofessional Healthcare Continuing Education