ASPEN's Parenteral Nutrition Resources

Parenteral nutrition (PN) serves as an important therapeutic modality that is used in adults, children, and infants for a variety of indications. The appropriate use of this complex therapy aims to maximize clinical benefit while minimizing the potential risks for adverse events. Complications can occur as a result of the therapy and as the result of the PN process, and clinicians must stay up-to-date on the research and developments that affect PN administration and management.

ASPEN is your home for PN resources. 

Parenteral Nutrition Competencies Papers

2016 Standardized Competencies for Parenteral Nutrition Order Review and Parenteral Nutrition Preparation, Including Compounding: The ASPEN Model

2015 Standardized Competencies for Parenteral Nutrition Prescribing: The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Model

Parenteral Nutrition Clinical Guidelines and Recommendations

These clinical guidelines and consensus recommendations are based on literature and practices that are to guide clinicians to minimize errors with PN therapy, in the areas of PN prescribing, order review and verification, compounding, labeling, dispensing, and administration. 

Parenteral Nutrition Safety Series & Certificate Program

In response to the recommendations, ASPEN developed a training series in 2015 to educate all members of the healthcare team who work with PN to optimize your knowledge base of safe PN practices.

Parenteral Nutrition Toolkit

These are the tools and resources you need to use to bring optimal PN therapy to your patients.


Demonstrate proficiency with prescribing and writing PN orders using A.S.P.E.N.’s Parenteral Nutrition Workbook: Cases and Worksheets for Adult, Pediatric, and Neonatal Patients. The workbook is a resource for clinicians at every level of experience.

The A.S.P.E.N. Parenteral Nutrition Handbook, 2nd Edition is a quick, go-to interdisciplinary resource on parenteral nutrition. There’s something for everyone involved in caring for patients receiving PN therapy.