Pediatric Tube Feeding and Care

Program Date: 20 September 2019
Publication Date: 11 November 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify children that may require tube feeding; recognize influencing factors for proper tube selection and placement; discuss nutritional challenges; and review how to care for the tube feeding site.

Course Objectives:

•Identify children that may require tube feeding.
•Recognize the influencing factors for proper tube selection and placement.
•Discuss nutritional challenges for pediatric tube-fed patients and their families/caregivers.
•Review how to care for tube feeding sites to minimize complications.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5070, 5440, 5450
  • Performance Indicators: 4.2.7, 8.1.5, 8.3.4
  • Run Time: 47

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Carole Rudman, RN, MSN, PN

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Nurse Practitioner Tucson, AZ, USA

Carole Rudman, RN, MSN, PNP is a Pediatric Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of professional practice devoted to pediatrics. She has focused on Pediatric GI and her primary interest is on growth and development associated with nutrition and the relationship to GI conditions.

Carole received her BSN from Northeastern University and her MSN from Boston College. She worked for many years at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston as an RN on the pediatric units caring for children from birth through adolescence. She also spent a few years in the outpatient gastroenterology clinic where she assisted with procedures as well as clinic patients and worked on research studies. Carole worked as an NP for Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a private practice. She spent 5 years at New Hampshire Hospital for Children and served as an NP, research coordinator and was on the hospital IRB.

Melissa Davis, MS, RDN

Pediatric Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Tucson, AZ, USA
Melissa Davis, MS, RDN obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science at the University of Arizona and her Master of Science at the University of Saint Joseph Connecticut. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 28 years, formerly a Certified Diabetes Educator for over 20 years and a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatrics for over 5 years. Her most recent position was Lead Clinical Dietitian for the Children's Clinics in Tucson, Arizona. She currently lectures on a variety of nutrition topics.
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