Maintaining Momentum in the ICU and Beyond: Where Does Nutrition Start and End?

Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours, 1.0 Dietitian CPEU

Course Objectives:

  • Review the role of nutrition across the continuum of care to improve quality outcomes, patient safety, and reduce costs.
  • Describe a best-practice protocol development for early enteral nutrition in the ICU.
  • Discuss a transition of care program continuing nutrition from hospital to post-acute care setting.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5010, 5090, 5440
  • Media Format(s): Audio (English)
  • Run Time: 46 Minutes

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Mary S. McCarthy, PhD, RN

Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA

Mary S. McCarthy, PhD, RN, is a senior nurse scientist at Madigan Army Medical Center. She has over 15 years of clinical nursing experience in medical-surgical, emergency, and critical care work environments and 18 years of research experience in nutrition, bone health, and nursing quality outcomes with a bench-to-bedside focus. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and Pacific Lutheran University, Parkland, WA. Her program of research involves health promotion for today’s Warfighter; she has received over $1 million dollars in grant funding to promote nutrition and bone health in young Soldiers. She provides lectures and expert consultation on indirect calorimetry, metabolism, and critical care nutrition support. She has several publications related to immunonutrition, nutrition support in critical illness, and health promotion for service members.


St. Vincent Hospital
Indianapolis, IN

Jan Powers is currently the Director of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nursing Research at St. Vincent Hospital. She is also the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Trauma/Neuro ICU at St. Vincent. Jan received her BSN in 1986, her MSN as a CNS in 1996 and her PhD in 2007, all from IUSON. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care at Wishard Hospital, Methodist Hospital and now at St. Vincent. Jan has received awards for excellence in CNS practice and advanced practice nursing from AACN and AANN. She has presented internationally and nationally on various topics in critical care. She has also published extensively on topics related to critical care and clinical nurse specialist practice.

Jane Ryan, PhD, RD

Virtua Health
Voorhees, NJ

Jane Ryan is a Registered Dietitian and Corporate Director of Clinical Nutrition for Virtua Health in New Jersey. She received a BS in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Management from the University of LaVerne in California. Jane also earned a PhD in organization and management with a specialization in leadership from Capella University. At Virtua Health, Dr. Ryan is responsible for the financial, clinical, quality, and regulatory aspects of nutrition services for four hospitals, two nursing homes, and a center for women. In addition, four ambulatory Centers for Nutrition and Diabetes are under her leadership. Dr Ryan is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt and Coach and has facilitated numerous projects for Virtua over her 26 years of service for the organization. Dr Ryan is an Adjunct Professor for Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, where she instructs both nutrition and business courses. She is presently serving as President Elect of the New Jersey Dietetic Association.


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