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Adult ICU & NICU Nutrition Support Practicums
 
The Adult and Neonatal Nutrition Support Practicums at Rush University Medical Center offer unique training opportunities for dietitians interested in obtaining hands-on training in nutrition support of adults or neonates.  The program involves a week of training with experienced clinicians to produce advanced level nutrition support practitioners, and participants will have the option of completing 15 or 30 continuing education credit hours.  The program will be tailored to meet the specific objectives of each participant in addition to covering the educational objectives listed below.

Adult Nutrition Support Practicum
 
Participants will gain experience in:
 
• Electrolyte management
• Evidenced-based practice regarding specialty formulas
• Nutrition-focused physical assessment
• Enteral, parenteral and wound protocols
• Patient presentation and nutrition-rounds
• Parenteral nutrition compounding techniques (30)
• Indirect calorimetry
• Nutrition-focused body composition imaging (ultrasound, computed tomography (CT))
• Malnutrition documentation and coding
• Home PN and EN
 
After completion of the program, patients will be able to:
 
• Assess the nutrition and fluid status of critically ill patients, in light of organ function, metabolic status and clinical changes.
• Create an evidence-based nutrition care plan for each patient’s specific organ system dysfunction and anticipated clinical conditions.
• Analyze current research related to nutrition support and lead discussion in nutrition rounds.
• Apply the principles learned in daily discussion topics to each nutrition care plan.
 
Participant Eligibility
 
• Registration or eligible for registration as a dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
• Interest in establishing/enhancing a career in the field of nutrition support
• 2 or more years clinical experience recommended to maximize benefit of program but not required
 
Faculty
 
Our Nutrition Consultation Service has been established for approximately 20 years and includes one physician co-director, four full-time dietitians, and one part-time pharmacist.  All dietitians are CNSC certified and hold specialties in medical intensive care, surgical intensive care and stem cell transplant. 

For further information regarding the adult ICU Nutrition Support Practicum, please contact clinical dietitian Anne Coltman:
 
Anne Coltman, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Anne_E_Coltman@Rush.edu
312-942-8171
 
Neonatal Nutrition Support Practicum
 
• Electrolyte management
• Infant formula selection
• Assessing and optimizing growth
• Enteral and parenteral protocols
• Breast/donor milk education
• Parenteral nutrition compounding techniques (30 CPEU option)
• Indirect calorimetry (30 CPEU option)
• Nutrition-focused body composition imaging (30 CPEU option)
• Malnutrition documentation and coding (30 CPEU option)
• Home PN and EN (30 CPEU option)
 
After completion of the program, patients will be able to:
 
• Assess the nutrition and fluid status of neonatal ICU patients
• Create an evidence-based nutrition care plan for each patient’s nutrient needs and medical diagnosis
• Analyze current research related to nutrition support and lead discussion in nutrition rounds
• Apply the principles learned in daily discussion topics to each nutrition care plan
• Monitor infant growth and maximize with appropriate nutrition intervention
 
Participant Eligibility
 
• Registration or eligible for registration as a dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
• Interest in establishing/enhancing a career in the field of neonatal nutrition support
• Any level of previous NICU experience
 
Faculty
 
Our Pediatric and Neonatal Nutrition Support Team consists of four full time dietitians. Our dietitians work closely with the interdisciplinary medical team daily on rounds.  All dietitians are CNSC certified with years of neonatal nutrition experience.
 
For further information regarding the neonatal ICU Nutrition Support Practicum, please contact clinical dietitian Celina Scala:
 
Celina Scala, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Celina_M_Scala@rush.edu
312-942-7009
 
Program Costs for ICU & NICU Practicums
 
The cost of the program is $300 for 15 hours CPEU credit, or $600 for 30 hours CPEU credit, which includes 5 days of supervised practice and the learning objectives as described above. 
 
 
 
Photo caption (L to R): Pharmacy resident, Scott Mueller, Yimin Chen, MS, RD, CNSD and Chris Croley, MD, in Surgical Intensive Care Unit rounds.
 
 
 


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