Nursing Currents: Collaborative Nutrition Initiatives Promote Enhanced Patient Outcomes

Program Date: July 2013
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours

Course Objectives:

  • Identify three disease complications associated with malnutrition.
  • Identify Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) as an effective stretegy for improving nutritional status.
  • List three objectives/benefits of the MOST Program.
  • Media Format(s): Article (English)

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Kristie L. Hartig, BSN, LVN, WCC

Wound Care Nurse/Wound Care Clinical Educator
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital
Fountain Valley, CA

Kristie L. Hartig, BSN, LVN, WCC, has practiced as a Licensed Vocational Nurse since 2005 in California and been a Wound Care Nurse/Wound Care Clinical Educator for Fountain Valley Regional Hospital since May 2009. Her passion is “all things wound care” and she became Wound Care Certified through the National Alliance of Wound Care in 2008. She was invited to sit on the panel for the State of California’s DACUM-LVN curriculum development in 2010. Kristie received her BSN in June 2013 from Western Governors University.

Mary S. McCarthy, PhD, RN

Senior Nurse Scientist
Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, Washington

Mary S. McCarthy, PhD, RN is a Senior Nurse Scientist, Senior Nurse Scientist, Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry, at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington. She is a Nurse Scientist with over 30 years of clinical nursing experience in medical-surgical, emergency, and critical care work environments and 15 years of funded research in nutrition, metabolic support, and bone health with a bench-to-bedside focus. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received specialty training in Genomics at NIH (2009) and in evidence-based practice at the University of Iowa EBP Institute (2009). Dr. McCarthy provides expert consultation on indirect calorimetry, metabolism, nutrition support, conducting research/EBP projects, and quantitative research methods and has several publications related to health promotion and critical care nutrition. She has represented nursing on the Society of Critical Care Medicine/American Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Guidelines Committee for nutrition support of critically ill adults since 2007.

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Nancy Perry, MS, RD

Assistant Director
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, California

Nancy Perry, MS, RD, worked for 30 years in the Nutritional Care Services Department at Mission Hospital until 2013, rising to the position of Assistant Director. During her time at Mission Hospital, her goal was to promote innovative programs and services in order to continually provide quality patient care. She designed and implemented the computerized diet office; the franchise model of the electronic medical record nutritional assessment screens for the St. Joseph Health System; a pathway for the rapid ordering of vitamins and minerals for wound care patients; the Malnutrition Identification system; as well as the MOST Program. Nancy credits the success of the many programs she developed and implemented to collaborating with nursing and other professionals within the hospital.

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Janet Shannon, MD, RD

Clinical Dietitian
Mission Hospital
Mission Viejo, California

Janet Shannon, MS, RD, has practiced as a clinical dietitian at Mission Hospital since 2007. She works mainly with medical, surgical and oncology patients. She is currently studying to become a Certified Oncology Specialist in fall of 2013. Janet serves on the CDA Orange District board where she is active in helping with setting up continuing education programs. Throughout her many years as a registered dietitian, she has worked in both acute and long- term care. She is also an instructor at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California.

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Debbie Tindle, RD

System Director of Nutrition
Morrison Managment Specialists
Orange County, California

Debbie “Diet” Tindle, RD, is a Registered Dietitian and member of the American Dietetic Association with over 25 years’ experience in nutrition, health and wellness, bariatric weight management and food service management. She has presented topics on weight management, healthy eating, micro and macro-nutrients, breaking behavior chains, surgical interventions of weight management, facts and fallacies of chocolate, and brain food and has been published in the Future Dimensions in Clinical Nutrition Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Consulting Dietitians of California Newsletter, the Journal of Nutrition Education. Debbie’s current position is with Morrison Management Specialists as the System Director of Nutrition for the Orange County, California area. She manages the RD team between several acute care facilities and coordinates the mentoring of dietetic interns


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