Strengthening Outcomes in the Aging Population: Building Knowledge

Program Date: 15 September 2011, 1 November 2011
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Description:

Selected Sessions from "Strengthening Outcomes in the Aging Population" Conference
Those who may have participated in the live version of this program cannot receive additional credit for participating in this self-study course.
This course consists of two presentations as outlined below:
Title: Energizing Nursing to Meet Nutritional Challenges

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the evolution of the nurse's role in nutrition care.
  • Identify the opportunities to address the nutritional challenges of the older adult.
Title: Hospital Malnutrition: Raising Awareness and Revising the Approach
  • Define the current state of adult malnutrition in U.S. hospitals.
  • Documentation to support malnutrition diagnosis.
  • Role of the nurse and dietitian in malnutrition’s identification and documentation.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 1000, 3000, 3005, 3010, 3020, 3030, 3060, 3090, 4190, 5000, 5010, 5100, 5390, 5400, 5410
  • Media Format(s): Video(English)
  • Run Time: 58 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC

Associate Professor of Nursing
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili is a nurse researcher who studies the impact of nutritional status on recovery and health outcomes in older adults. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili holds a BSN and MSN from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College-City University of New York, and a PhD in nursing from New York University. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University in 2009, she was a tenured associate professor at West Virginia University. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili publishes peer-reviewed articles on geriatric nutrition in nursing and interdisciplinary journals. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and Biological Research for Nursing. In addition to disseminating research findings at national and international meetings, she is sought out to give invited presentations on geriatric nutrition. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili continues to receive accolades for her stellar leadership and research efforts. These include 2006 Springer Award for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing, the 2009 Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse award from the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for her research contributions to the science of nutrition support nursing, and a Clinical Research Poster Award from the University of Pennsylvania's 2009 Institute of Aging's Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat.

Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili serves on several national committees including the Health Sciences Section's Research Committee for the Gerontological Society of America and the Blue Ribbon Malnutrition Task Force, Research Committee and Scientific Advisory Board for the SUSTAIN Nutrition Registry for the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

She was awarded the prestigious American Academy of Nursing's Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Claire M. Fagin Post-doctoral Fellowship and studied at the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 2007-2009. This prestigious fellowship program supports advanced research and leadership training for doctorally prepared nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing.

Jane White, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN

Emeritus Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Graduate School of Medicine
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Dr. White is an emeritus professor in the Department of Family Medicine and holds joint appointments in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the College of Medicine, Memphis. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans, LA; completed her dietetic internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA; and her doctorate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. She is the author of numerous publications, audio and videotapes, webinars on topics germane to clinical nutrition practice and family medicine.

Dr. White is a past president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), past speaker of its House of Delegates, and has held numerous elected and appointed positions within ADA at the district, sate, practice group, and national level. She is a recipient of the ADA Medallion and Copher Awards. Dr. White sits on the ADA Coding and Coverage Committee, serves as the MS-DRG Malnutrition Workgroup chair, represents ADA on the Advisory Committee to the AMA Current Procedural Terminology/RVS Update Committee CPT/RUC Coding Panel as its Health Care Providers Advisory Committee (HCPAC) representative, and serves as the AMA HCPAC RUC alternate co-chair.

As a member of the Department of Family Medicine for the past 36 years, Dr. White has had considerable opportunity to interact with faculty and residents in the delivery of medical care to patients. She is routinely involved in assessing resident performance in all areas of family medicine and in teaching and evaluating the implementation of evidence-based nutrition-care guidelines to maintain health and to enhance self-management nutrition knowledge and skills in patients with multiple chronic disease states. She also works with the ADA and the members of its local and state chapters regarding CPT codes/code use and with the department's billing and coding personnel in educating faculty and residents about correct coding practices. Dr. White is well versed in the provision of medical nutrition therapy for the prevention and treatment of common nutritional problems at all stages of life and in their multiple manifestations in the majority of clinical and community settings.


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