Empowering Practice: Elevating the Nurse’s Role in the Optimization of Enteral Nutrition for Improved Outcomes

Program Date: 30 September 2022
Publication Date: 28 December 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, the faculty will discuss the impact of suboptimal nutrition on clinical outcomes for patients in the acute care setting; identify challenges faced by nurses when delivering enteral nutrition; and describe methods in which nurses and registered dietitians can collaborate. Originally presented live at the 2022 Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Convention on September 30, 2022.

Course Objectives:

• Discuss the impact of suboptimal nutrition on clinical outcomes for patients in the acute care setting. 
• Identify challenges faced by nurses when delivering enteral nutrition and discuss solutions to deliver optimal enteral nutrition to adult patients in the acute care setting. 
• Describe methods in which nurses and registered dietitians can collaborate to ensure patients receive adequate enteral nutrition to achieve best outcomes.
  • Run Time: 31

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Ainsley Malone, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN

Nutrition Support Dietitian, Mt. Carmel East Hospital 
Clinical Practice Specialist 
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 
Columbus, OH, USA
Ainsley Malone is a Nutrition Support Dietitian at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where she is involved in managing nutrition care for patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition. Ms. Malone also serves as a Clinical Practice Specialist for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) where she supports the organization’s clinical practice activities. Ainsley is a certified nutrition support clinician and throughout her career has presented on many aspects of nutrition support practice. Ainsley has served in many leadership capacities including President of ASPEN and the Board of Directors for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, CMSRN, ACNS-BC

Assistant Professor 
University of Virginia, School of Nursing 
Charlottesville, VA, USA
Beth Quatrara is a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Nurse with over 25 years of nursing experience. The majority of her clinical career has been focused on caring for patients with digestive health concerns and associated nutritional complexities. She serves as the AMSN Nutrition liaison; working with AMSN members to amplify the nutritional care of their patients. She presents nationally and publishes on nutrition-related topics, as well as a host of clinically related issues. Dr Quatrara currently serves as the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.
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