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 receive 40 continuing education credit hours. 

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

  • 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:

  1. Assess the nutrition and fluid status of critically ill patients, in light of organ function, metabolic status and clinical changes.
  2. Create an evidence-based nutrition care plan for each patient’s specific organ system dysfunction and anticipated clinical conditions.
  3. Analyze current research related to nutrition support and lead discussion in nutrition rounds.
  4. 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

Neonatal Nutrition Support Practicum

  • Electrolyte management

  • Infant formula selection

  • Assessing and optimizing growth

  • Enteral and parenteral protocols

  • Breast milk education

  • Donor milk education and protocol

  • Parenteral nutrition compounding techniques

  • Formula handling

  • Nutrition documentation

  • Nutrition support for specialized neonatal conditions

After completion of the program, patients will be able to:

  1. Assess the nutrition and fluid status of neonatal ICU patients
  2. Create an evidence-based nutrition care plan for each patient’s nutrient needs and medical diagnosis
  3. Analyze current research related to nutrition support and lead discussion in nutrition rounds
  4. Apply the principles learned in daily discussion topics to each nutrition care plan
  5. 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

  • Ideal for dietitians early in their NICU career

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.

Individuals interested in our adult or neonatal nutrition support practicum should contact Nutrition_Practicum@rush.edu for more information.