Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course

Course Dates/Topics/Faculty  |  CE Credit & Recordings  |  Pricing Information/Registration
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The Nutrition Support Fundamentals Course is a multiple part program that provides an overview of nutrition support therapy. Course topics include malnutrition, pediatric and neonatal nutrition, parenteral and enteral nutrition, acid base, and more for a complete and comprehensive overview of nutrition support. This course is an excellent tool to identify personal knowledge gaps, guide future areas of learning, and prepare for certification exams. Plus, earn valuable CE credits (CE credit available for live sessions only)!

The course is available in several formats: 

Live online course that takes place in the winter. Includes a rebroadcast of presentations from the previous summer course with live Q&A with the faculty.

Live online course that takes place in the summer.

Session recordings can be purchased at any time on the ASPEN eLearning Center (CE credit is not available for session recordings).

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Winter 2023 Course Overview

*Please note the dates and times for each individual session as they may vary from week to week. All time zones are U.S. Eastern Time.

Wednesday, January 25
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET Fluids & Electrolytes
Thursday, January 26 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET PN and Home PN
Wednesday, February 1
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET EN and Home EN
Thursday, February 2 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET EN and PN Access
Wednesday, February 8
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET Nutrient Deficiencies
Malnutrition Assessment
Thursday, February 9 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET Critical Care
Statistics
Wednesday, February 15
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET Acid Base
Thursday, February 16
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET GI Disorders
Ethics
Wednesday, February 22 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Pediatric Nutrition Support
Neonatal Nutrition Support

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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.

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Course Dates, Topics, and Faculty

*Please note the dates and times for each individual session, as they may vary from week to week. All time zones are U.S. Eastern Time.

Fluids and Electrolytes
Wednesday, January 25
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
Anne Tucker, PharmD, BCNSP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care/Nutrition Support, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-016-L04-P

Parenteral Nutrition (PN) and Home PN
Thursday, January 26
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 and admixture design
  3. Evaluate components of parenteral nutrition monitoring and management
  4. Identify key safe practice issues related to parenteral nutrition
Phil Ayers, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP
Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Department of Pharmacy, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-017-L04-P

Enteral Nutrition (EN) and Home EN
Wednesday, February 1
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY

Enteral Nutrition (EN) and Home EN

  1. Identify appropriate candidates for enteral nutrition 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. Summarize methods for patient education

Lisa Epp, RDN, CNSC, LD
Advanced Practice I Dietitian, Home Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; Assistant Professor of Nutrition, College of Medicine and Science, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-018-L04-P

Enteral Nutrition (EN) and Parenteral Nutrition (PN) Access
Thursday, February 2
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY

EN and PN Access

  1. Differentiate enteral and parenteral access routes and devices
  2. Identify key factors of access device selection
  3. Recognize, prevent and treat access device complications
Neil Ead, MSN, CPNP, CNSC
Nurse Practitioner, University Surgical Associates, Providence, RI
Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-019-L04-P

Nutrient Deficiencies and Malnutrition Assessment
Wednesday, February 8
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (2.0 Hours)
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY

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
Mary Marian, DCN, RDN, CSO, FAND
Assistant Professor of Practice; Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

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, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN
Clinical Practice Specialist, ASPEN; Nutrition Support Dietitian, Mt. Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH

Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 2 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-020-L04-P

Critical Care and Statistics
Thursday, February 9
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 2016 Society for Critical Care Medicine/ASPEN guidelines
  3. Discuss implications of recent publications since the 2016 guidelines

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
Lauren Probstfeld, MS, RD, CNSC
Advanced Level Practice Nutrition Support Dietitian, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-021-L04-P
Acid Base
Wednesday, February 15
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (1.5 Hours)
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
Anne Tucker, PharmD, BCNSP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Critical Care/Nutrition Support, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-022-L04-P

Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders & Ethics
Thursday, February 16
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

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; Professor of Medicine, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-023-L04-P

Pediatric and Neonatal Nutrition Support
Wednesday, February 22
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET (2.0 Hours)
TOPICS & OBJECTIVES FACULTY

Pediatric Nutrition Support

  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

Neonatal 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. List 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, BCPPS, FASPEN
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Moderator: ASPEN Staff
CE Credit: 2 hours
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-024-L04-P

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CE Credit & Recordings

  • CE credit cannot be claimed for missed webinars. In order to claim CE credit, you must attend the live webinar broadcast at the scheduled date and time.
  • CE Credit is calculated on a per webinar attended basis. If you miss a webinar, you can still receive CE credit for other live 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 presentation, then the recording of that presentation will not be accessible after the end of the webinar.


Pricing Information

Individual Registration Early-bird (by January 18) Standard (January 19 and after)
ASPEN Member $250.00 $270.00
Non-Member $350.00 $370.00

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellation requests must be sent to the ASPEN national office by email or fax (301-587-2365) on or before January 20, 2023. 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 January 20, 2023. Substitutions will be accepted until the day before the start of the program (January 24, 2023). 


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here 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. Please note CE credit is not available for the course recordings – only the live webinars are accredited.

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System Requirements

    • Computer with internet connection
    • Windows or MAC OS
    • Supported Browsers: Firefox 52+, Chrome 58+, Safari 10+, Microsoft Edge 14+ 
    • 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 ideal for nutrition professionals such as dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and others seeking a comprehensive overview of core nutrition support topics. This course and all of its parts 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.


    Pharmacists, please note that ASPEN will upload earned CE credit into the CPE monitor system within the required timeframe. Any credit not claimed by the deadline will not be entered into the CPE monitor system. Please provide your correct NABP eprofile ID and birthday (MMDD) when completing your evaluation and claiming CE credit. ASPEN submits only the information that is entered by the pharmacist when credit is claimed and is not responsible for following up with pharmacists to obtain any corrected information to ensure an error-free submission. Additional information about the CPE monitor is available here.

    Joint Accreditation Image 2021Accreditation Statement
    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 14.5 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 14.5 contact hours (1.45 CEUs). This is considered a knowledge activity.

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

    Nurses: ASPEN designates each activity for a maximum of 14.5 nursing contact hours. ASPEN is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP3970.

    Dietitians: ASPEN designates each activity for a maximum of 14.5 CPEUs.

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    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 14.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.



    Policies

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

    Commercialism

    ASPEN subscribes to the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.

    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 prior to each webinar.

    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).

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