Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course

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NSFC 2018The Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course is a 9-part live and interactive online course that covers a variety of topics in nutrition support and clinical nutrition.  The course has been revised to include topics on malnutrition, neonatal nutrition, and acidbase (new for 2018!), making it more comprehensive than ever before!  Additionally, if you are preparing for a certification exam, this course is a perfect complement to your preparation. Plus, earn 14 valuable CE credits!

The 2018 course is scheduled for August 2 – September 12.  A course overview is listed below. Click on the topic titles or scroll down on this page to view the individual session details.

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2018 Course Overview

*Please note the dates and times for each individual session as they may vary from week to week.

Date Time Topic
Thursday, August 2 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Test Taking Tips
Nutrient Deficiencies 
Malnutrition Assessment
Thursday, August 9 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET GI Disorders & Ethics
Thursday, August 16 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET PN and Home PN
Thursday, August 23 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET Fluids & Electrolytes
Tuesday, August 28 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET EN and PN Access
Thursday, August 30 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Pediatrics
NICU Nutrition Support
Thursday, September 6 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET Critical Care
Statistics
Monday, September 10 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET EN and Home EN
Wednesday, September 12 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Acid Base (NEW for 2018!)

What is the Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course?

 ASPEN’s Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course (NSFC) provides a comprehensive overview of nutrition support therapy. The course can be used as a tool for helping you identify personal knowledge gaps to further identify future areas of learning. Whether you are preparing for the certification examinations or seeking additional professional growth in nutrition support, recognizing these knowledge gaps allows you to use your professional development time and energy more effectively. In addition to providing a thorough review of core nutrition support topics such as nutrition assessment and nutrient deficiencies, parenteral nutrition, enteral nutrition, fluids and electrolytes, and pediatrics, the NSFC will also include specialty areas of nutrition support such as home care, critical care, gastrointestinal disorders, ethics, and statistics. Don’t miss this invaluable nutrition support-focused course! 

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Assess personal knowledge of nutrition support and identify areas requiring further study for the nutrition support specialty certification examination or other professional growth.
  2. Review core nutrition support topics including GI disorders, nutrition assessment, parenteral nutrition, and enteral nutrition.
  3. Highlight specialty areas of nutrition support such as pediatric nutrition support, home care, critical care, and fluids and electrolytes.

Course Dates, Topics, and Faculty

Please note the dates and times for each individual session, as they may vary from week to week depending on faculty availability.

 
Test Taking Tips, Nutrient Deficiencies, Malnutrition Assessment
Thursday, August 2
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (2.0 Hours)
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
Test Taking Tips
  1. Apply study and test taking tips
 
Toni Neal, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-BC
Senior Clinical Infusion Nurse, Cleveland Clinic Home Care Services, Independence, OH
Nutrient Deficiencies 
  1. Identify signs and symptoms of potential nutrient deficiencies 
  2. Discuss potential etiologies of nutrient deficiencies 
  3. Determine the best method for measuring nutrient status 
 
Peggy Hipskind, MA, RD, LD
Registered Dietitian, Center for Human Nutrition, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Malnutrition Assessment 
  1. Define the etiology approach to malnutrition assessment and the consensus derived diagnostic characteristics
  2. Describe application of the diagnostic malnutrition characteristics
 
Ainsley Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN
Clinical Practice Specialist, ASPEN; Nutrition Support Dietitian, Mt. Carmel West Hospital, Columbus, OH
Moderator: Toni Neal, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-BC
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-100-L04-P

 
GI Disorders & Ethics
Thursday, August 9
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
GI Disorders
  1. List the indications and contraindications for enteral and parenteral nutrition in specific disease states
  2. List common nutritional deficiencies that can occur from GI losses due to various diseases
  3. Develop strategies for nutrition support of patients with GI diseases
 
Donald Kirby, MD, FACP, FACN, FACG, AGAF, CNSC, CPNS, FASPEN
Director, Center for Human Nutrition; Medical Director, Intestinal Transplant; Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Ethics 
  1. Discuss ethical issues related to nutrition support
 
Donald Kirby, MD, FACP, FACN, FACG, AGAF, CNSC, CPNS, FASPEN
Director, Center for Human Nutrition; Medical Director, Intestinal Transplant; Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Moderator: Gitanjali Vidyarthi, MD, James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, FL
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-100-L04-P 

PN and Home PN
Thursday, August 16
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours) 
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
PN and Home PN
  1. Identify current indications for parenteral nutrition
  2. Discuss parenteral formula design  
  3. Evaluate components of parenteral nutrition monitoring and management  
  4. Identify key safe practice issues
 
Phil Ayers, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP
Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Department of Pharmacy, Baptist Health Systems, Jackson, MS
Moderator: Caitlin Rohrmann, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, Pediatric Clinical Nutritionist, New York-Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-101-L04-P

Fluids and Electrolytes
Thursday, August 23
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
Fluids and Electrolytes
  1. Assess fluid and electrolyte needs of a patient
  2. Develop a therapeutic plan for fluid and electrolyte requirements
  3. Prevent and manage complications of fluid and electrolyte abnormalities 
 
Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN
Nutrition Support Team, Intestinal Rehab and Transplant Program, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Moderator: Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC, CPT, SP, Chief, Community and Outpatient Nutrition Branch, Department of Nutritional Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-099-L04-P 

EN and PN Access
Tuesday, August 28
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
EN and PN Access
  1. Identify key factors of enteral and parenteral access devices: choice (device and selection), complications (recognition, prevention and treatment), and care
  2. Highlight timely topics on the horizon 
 
Toni Neal, RN, CRNI, CNSC, VA-BC
Senior Clinical Infusion Nurse, Cleveland Clinic Home Care Services, Independence, OH
Moderator: Jennifer L. Hartwell, MD, FACS, CNSC, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-103-L04-P

Pediatrics and NICU Nutrition Support
Thursday, August 30
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (2.0 Hours)
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
Pediatrics
  1. List the primary components of a nutrition assessment for a pediatric patient 
  2. Identify the different types of infant and pediatric formulas and their recommended uses
  3. Define the nutrient needs of a pediatric patient receiving nutrition support 
  4. Identify indications for parenteral and enteral nutrition support 
 
Elizabeth Bobo, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Pediatric Clinical Dietitian, Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
NICU Nutrition Support 
  1. Identify the nutritional requirements of the neonate and indications for parenteral nutrition (PN) 
  2. Discuss neonatal requirements for macronutrients and micronutrients used in neonatal PN  
  3. Review key compounding challenges in neonatal PN
  4. Evaluate the role of human milk as the source of optimal enteral nutrition in the neonate 
 
Mary Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPP
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH
Moderator: Caitlin Rohrmann, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, Pediatric Clinical Nutritionist, New York-Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-099-L04-P 

Critical Care and Statistics
Thursday, September 6
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours) 
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
Critical Care
  1. Describe the factors associated with malnutrition in critical illness 
  2. Outline key points from the 2009 Society for Critical Care Medicine/ASPEN guidelines
  3. Discuss implications of recent publications since the 2009 guidelines
 
Beth Taylor DCN, RDN-AP, CNSC, FCCM
Research Scientist, Nutrition Support Specialist, Department of Research for Patient Care Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Statistics
  1. Explain the differences in various types of medical literature to form clinical recommendations 
  2. Identify statistical techniques for incorporating literature evaluation in clinical decisions
  3. Describe the difference between a p-value and confidence interval
 
Sarah Peterson, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Nutrition, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Moderator: Emily Sanchez, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, CLC, CPT, SP, Chief, Community and Outpatient Nutrition Branch, Department of Nutritional Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-104-L04-P 

EN and Home EN
Monday, September 10
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
 
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
EN and Home EN
  1. Identify appropriate candidates for enteral nutrition (EN) support  
  2. Create an enteral nutrition support therapy plan incorporating safe practices and evidenced based research for inpatients and outpatients
  3. Describe enteral nutrition support therapy complications, prevention, and potential treatment
  4. Review methods for patient education
 
Lisa Epp, RDN, CNSC, LD
Home Enteral Nutrition Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Moderator: Maya Guggari, MS, RD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian, Seton Family of Hospitals, Austin, TX
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-105-L04-P 

Acid Base (NEW for 2018!)
Wednesday, September 12
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (1.0 Hour) 
 
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY
Acid Base
  1. Diagnose major acid-base derangements
  2. Recognize compensatory mechanisms for acid-base derangements
  3. Describe the roles of buffers in acid-base balance
 
Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN
Nutrition Support Team, Intestinal Rehab and Transplant Program, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Moderator: Maya Guggari, MS, RD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian, Seton Family of Hospitals, Austin, TX
UAN: JA0002345-0000-18-106-L04-P 
 

CE Credit & Recordings:

  • CE credit cannot be claimed for missed webinars.  In order to claim CE credit, you must attend the original live webinar broadcast at the scheduled time.
  • CE Credit is calculated on a per webinar attended basis.  If you miss a webinar, you can still receive CE credit for other webinars/sessions attended.
  • Registration includes access to recordings of all sessions.  Recordings will be accessible in the eLearning Center.
  • Please note: Recordings will be provided assuming ASPEN receives permission from the speakers.  If a speaker does not grant ASPEN permission to post the recording of their individual presentation, then the recording of that presentation will not be accessible after the end of the webinar.

Pricing Information

Individual Registration Early-bird (by July 27) Standard (July 28 and after)
ASPEN Member      $240.00      $260.00
Non-Member $340.00 $360.00

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellation requests must be sent to the ASPEN national office, by email or by fax to: (301) 587-2365 on or before the Friday before the start of the program, July 27, 2018. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Refunds will be issued less a $50.00 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received via email or fax after July 27, 2018. Substitutions will be accepted until August 1, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Click on the above link for answers to the most common program questions. If you are unable to participate in this multi-week webinar program, please consider some of the other study resources that won’t require you to be on the computer at a certain time. Recordings of the course will be available for purchase after the entire course has concluded.

System Requirements

Computer with internet connection
  • Windows or MAC OS
  • Supported Browsers: Firefox 52+, Chrome 58+, Safari 10+, Microsoft Edge 14+, Internet Explorer 11+
  • Internet Explorer 11+ requires the most recent version of the Adobe Flash plugin 
  • Javascript & Cookies enabled
  • Recommended RAM: 512MB+ 
Mobile Support
  • Iphone 5s+ - Safari Browser - IOS 9+
  • Ipad 2+ - Safari Browser - IOS 9+
  • Android Running 4.0+ - Chrome Browser

Accreditation Information

 

Target Audience: This course is also ideal for nutrition professionals such as dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and others seeking a comprehensive overview of core nutrition support topics. This program is designed at the intermediate learning level.

Successful Completion: ASPEN provides continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians who attend in full each session claimed for credit, and complete the program evaluation via the ASPEN eLearning Center.

Joint Accreditation B&WAccreditation Statements: Nurses, Pharmacists, and Physicians
In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ASPEN designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is for a maximum of 14.0 contact hours (1.4 CEUs). This is considered a knowledge activity.

Pharmacy UANs will be listed with each individual week's topic upon finalization of the schedule.

ASPEN is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP3970.

Dietitians
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ASPEN Provider Number AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive a maximum of 14.0 continuing professional education units (CPEUs) for completion of this program / materials. CDR level 2 (Intermediate). Dietitians may post comments on this program on 
www.cdrnet.org.



Policies

Any grievances should be addressed in writing to Director of Education and Research • ASPEN • 8401 Colesville Road • Suite 510 • Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

Commercialism

ASPEN subscribes to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. 

ASPEN does not provide programs that constitute advertisement or include promotional content. ASPEN does not endorse any products.  No commercial support was received for this program.  There will be no discussion of off-label use of products. 

Faculty and Planning Committee Members Commercial Relationship Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI)

Provided with course materials

Special Services

ASPEN will accommodate attendees with disabilities or special needs who participate in the online Nutrition Support Fundamentals and Review Course.  If you require special services, please contact a member of our customer service team at [email protected] or call 800-727-4567 (US and Canada) or 301-587-6315 (international).