About Specialized Diets and Nutrition


This course provides an overview of several areas in which you may need to deliver nutrition, including the home, an assisted living facility, and a long term care facility. It discusses patient-centered education, liberalized diets for improved nutrition, how to assess clinical improvements without waiting for lab values, and guidelines for the use of enteral and parenteral nutrition.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH). Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


This program is approved for 1.00 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 162998.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-ASDN
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Identify two nutritional “red flags” that the nursing assessment may reveal
List three factors that may affect serum protein levels
Explain why liberalized diets should be part of the residents nutrition care plan
Identify two foods or liquids that are high in potassium
Identify two foods or liquids that are high in phosphorus
List three tubes used for enteral nutrition
List two ways to decrease the risk of aspiration when using enteral nutrition

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Nutritional Deficiencies A. Statistics B. Main Concern C. Undernutrition & Malnutrition D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Nutritional Support Team A. Roles B. Goals C. Assessments D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Providing Basic Nutritional Support A. Dietitian B. Healthcare Expense C. Nutritional Red Flags & Education D. Restricted or Therapeutic Diets E. Make Changes Slowly F. Person-Centered G. Liberalized Diet Plans H. Choices Are Important I. Review J. Summary Section 5: Nutritional Testing A. Albumin B. Guidelines C. Review D. Summary Section 6: Types of Diets A. Diabetes B. Cardiac Disease C. Hypertension D. Renal Disease E. Cancer/Chemotherapy F. Disruption in Skin Integrity G. Palliative Care H. Review I. Summary Section 7: The Use of Snacks and Oral Nutrition Supplements A. Snacks can Provide Needed Energy B. Weight Management C. Dietitian D. Types E. Review F. Summary Section 8: The Use of Appetite Stimulants A. Consider Other Options First B. Important Considerations C. Monitoring D. Review E. Summary Section 9: Specialized Nutritional Support, the Use of Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition A. A Complex Decision B. Aspiration C. Nasogastric (NG) Feeding Tube D. Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube E. Percutaneous Endoscopic Jejunostomy (PEJ) and Nasojejunal (NJ)Tube F. Total Parenteral Nutrition G. Review H. Summary Section 10: Dementia, End of Life, and Tube Feeding A. Controversial B. Indications for Use C. Complications D. Assisted Oral Feedings E. Education is Key to Decision-Making F. Review G. Summary Section 11: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility, Assisted Living, Home Health, Long-term Care, Residential Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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