NEONATAL FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

Course Description:

This free education series focuses on infant nutrition, parenteral and enteral nutrition, discharge and follow-up care.

FREE Continuing Education: 4.0 RN CE; 4.0 RD CPEU

Modules

Infant Nutrition Assessment

Define gestational age and birth weight; review the five essential components of infant nutrition assessment; and discuss indicators for preterm and neonatal malnutrition.

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Program Date: 4 August 2022
Publication Date: 4 August 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this updated course, Michelle Johnson, RDN, LD will define gestational age and birth weight categories; review the five essential components of infant nutrition assessment; and discuss indicators for preterm and neonatal malnutrition.

Course Objectives:

• Define gestational age and birth weight categories. 
• Review the five essential components of infant nutrition assessment. 
• Discuss indicators for preterm and neonatal malnutrition.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 10.2.1, 10.2.6
  • Run Time:42

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Michelle Johnson, RDN, LD

Neonatal/Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Specialist 
Abbott Nutrition 
Columbus, OH, USA

Michelle Johnson is a Registered Dietitian and Research Scientist in Pediatric Scientific and Medical Affairs at Abbott, where she provides global clinical and scientific leadership for infant feedings. Her areas of expertise include preterm infant, neonatal and pediatric clinical nutrition. Michelle is an editor for the Pocket Guide to Neonatal Nutrition, 3rd edition, author for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the topic of neonatal nutrition, and as well, she’s authored several other papers on neonatal and preterm infant nutrition. 

Prior to joining Abbott in 2014, Michelle was a neonatal and pediatric clinical dietitian for 17 years in U.S. neonatal intensive care units and pediatric hospitals along the East Coast and in the Midwest. At Abbott, Michelle is involved in clinical research, new product development, and provides medical nutrition expertise to support educational initiatives regarding pediatric feedings and their benefits for children.

Parenteral Nutrition

Identify three indications for use of parenteral nutrition; identify parenteral dose recommendations for specific nutrients; and describe ways to manage chronic complications associated with parenteral nutrition.

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Program Date: 4 August 2022
Publication Date: 29 September 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this updated course, Stephanie Merlino Barr, MS, RDN, LD will identify 3 indications for the use of parenteral nutrition in the neonate; define parenteral dose recommendations for specific nutrients; and describe management of complications associated with parenteral nutrition.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 8.1.1, 8.1.4
  • Run Time:79

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Stephanie Merlino Barr, MS, RDN, LD

Neonatal Nutritionist 
MetroHealth Medical Center 
Adjunct Lecturer of Nutrition 
Case Western Reserve University 
Cleveland, OH, USA
Stephanie Merlino Barr, MS, RDN, LD is a Neonatal Dietitian in the Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Stephanie is also a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s (CWRU SOM) Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. Her research focuses on early life nutrition interventions and their relationship with growth and body composition outcomes in premature infants. Stephanie is also an Adjunct Instructor at CWRU SOM’s Department of Nutrition, where she teaches a graduate-level course on human lactation. Stephanie is an editor of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Neonatal Nutrition 3rd Edition, published in July 2022 and a contributor to the Academy’s online Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual.

Enteral Nutrition

List four benefits of human milk; review recommendations for the very low birth weight, preterm infant; and describe ways to initiate and advance enteral feedings in the NICU.

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Program Date: 11 April 2019
Publication Date: 17 May 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll list 4 benefits of human milk; review recommendations for the very low birth weight, preterm infant; and describe ways to initiate and advance enteral feedings in the NICU.

Course Objectives:

  • List 4 benefits of human milk.
  • Compare enteral feeding alternatives.
  • Review recommendations for the very low birth weight, preterm infant.
  • Describe ways to initiate and advance enteral feedings in the NICU.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 4140, 5000, 5060, 5440
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.3.4, 10.2.5, 10.2.11
  • Run Time:49

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Sharon Groh-Wargo, PhD, RDN

Professor & Senior Nutritionist,
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH, USA

Sharon Groh-Wargo is a Neonatal Nutritionist in the Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center and an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Sharon has over 40 years of experience, is a nationally known speaker and researcher, and has authored numerous publications on neonatal nutrition. She is an editor of both editions of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Pocket Guide to Neonatal Nutrition. She is a contributor to the Academy’s online Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual and she authored a new chapter on “Lactoengineering” for the 3rd edition of “Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities”. Dr. Groh-Wargo participates in the Pre-B Project, sponsored by the NIH in cooperation with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which was convened to perform systematic reviews of neonatal nutrition and to set national dietary guidelines for the premature infant.

Discharge and Follow-Up

Review growth and potential nutrient deficits accumulated before discharge; discuss human milk and infant formula options for nutritional support at discharge; describe two issues for each option related to feeding progression in the high-risk newborn.

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Program Date: 11 August 2019
Publication Date: 7 August 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review growth and potential nutrient deficits; discuss human milk and infant formula options for nutritional support at discharge; describe issues related to feeding progression in the high-risk newborn.

Course Objectives:

  • Review growth and potential nutrient deficits accumulated prior to discharge.
  • Discuss human milk and infant formula options for nutritional support at discharge.
  • Describe two issues for each option related to feeding progression in the high-risk newborn.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3030, 4140, 5000, 5060
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.1, 8.1.3, 8.3.4, 10.2.3
  • Run Time:57

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Sharon Groh-Wargo, PhD, RDN

Professor & Senior Nutritionist
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH, USA

Sharon Groh-Wargo is a Neonatal Nutritionist in the Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center and an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Sharon has over 40 years of experience, is a nationally known speaker and researcher, and has authored numerous publications on neonatal nutrition. She is an editor of both editions of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Pocket Guide to Neonatal Nutrition. She is a contributor to the Academy’s online Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual and she authored a new chapter on “Lactoengineering” for the 3rd edition of “Infant and Pediatric Feedings: Guidelines for Preparation of Human Milk and Formula in Health Care Facilities”. Dr. Groh-Wargo participates in the Pre-B Project, sponsored by the NIH in cooperation with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which was convened to perform systematic reviews of neonatal nutrition and to set national dietary guidelines for the premature infant.

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