Neonatal Fundamentals: Enteral Nutrition

Publication Date: 15 December 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this updated course, Laura Meredith-Dennis, MAS, RD will emphasize the importance of a neonatal dietitian; list several significant benefits of human milk; review recommendations for the very low birth weight, preterm infant; compare enteral feeding alternatives; and describe ways to initiate and advance enteral feedings in the NICU.

Course Objectives:

• Emphasize the importance of a neonatal dietitian. 
• List several significant benefits of human milk. 
• Review recommendations for the very low birth weight, preterm infant. 
• Compare enteral feeding alternatives. 
• Describe ways to initiate and advance enteral feedings in the NICU.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.2.3, 10.3.2
  • Run Time: 48

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Laura Meredith-Dennis, MAS, RD

Clinical Dietitian 
Mercy San Juan Medical Center 
Carmichael, CA, USA
Laura Meredith-Dennis is a Neonatal Dietitian with over 20 years of experience managing the nutrition care of preterm infants in a level 3 NICU. Laura obtained her BS in Nutrition Science from the University of California, Davis, and in 2015, obtained her MAS (Master of Advanced Study) in maternal and child nutrition again at the University of California, Davis. She values educating dietitians, physicians, nurses as well as students on the importance of optimal nutrition provision for this most vulnerable patient population. She has shared her knowledge and expertise nationwide as a speaker for Abbott Nutrition for over 10 years.
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