Recently, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) was awarded the first Alliance Nutritional Leadership Grant, established to accelerate the adoption of nutrition as a critical component of quality patient care. Providing the funding for the Academy to develop and pilot a Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) Hands-On Training Workshop, the grant supports the resources and training tools to help put into practice the novel Nutrition Care Model introduced by the Alliance in 2013.
In early December 2014, four trainers from the Academy traveled to Mercy Health System in Springfield, Missouri, to conduct the workshop with 20 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). During the full-day workshop, RDNs were given reference materials, learned from presentations and demonstrations, and participated in small group hands-on breakout sessions and a unique hands-on training during patient rounds. This approach allowed the workshop to be highly interactive and engaging, plus it was held at the RDNs' own health system, making the training workshop convenient and relevant for participants.
"We want RDNs to walk away not only with a better understanding of NFPE, but with the skills to perform NFPE, along with a higher level of comfort with conducting the assessment," says Beth Mordarski, one of the workshop trainers and the Academy’s liaison to the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition. "We also want them to have the tools, resources, and confidence they need to continue effectively using this approach and to train others in the future."
According to Mordarski, the Academy designed the workshop with a "train-the-trainer" focus, equipping the participants with reference guides and a packet of workshop materials to help build the knowledge base of RDNs and other healthcare professionals in their institutions and communities. The training team also completed a NFPE Skills Assessment for each RDN that participated in the course.
Having pilot-tested the NFPE Hands-On Training Workshop, the Academy will now make the program available to all RDNs and their facilities in late spring/early summer of 2015. The workshops have been approved for 9.5 CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and will be delivered for a nominal fee.
Look for registration information to be available soon on the Academy website.
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