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Critical Factors in Meeting the Nutrition Needs of Patients

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Janice M Powers, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, NE-BC, FCCM

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Webinar Summary

Nutrition strongly impacts a patient’s ability to respond to illness or injury. However, up to 55 percent of hospitalized patients arrive malnourished or become malnourished during their hospitalization, impairing their chances of survival, increasing their risk of complications and delaying healing. This webinar will make the case for the key impact nurses have on identifying, avoiding and treating malnourishment, and ensuring patients receive the nutrition they need. The 2016 ASPEN/SCCM Guidelines for Nutrition Support Therapy will be addressed, and participants will learn some key elements of practice to support effective enteral nutrition.


  • Describe the consequences of malnourishment for critical care patients
  • Identify how staff nurses can advocate for adequate nutrition for their patients
  • Discuss three (3) evidence-based practices to ensure the prescribed enteral nutrition is being delivered effectively


Janice M Powers, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, NE-BC, FCCM

Janice M Powers, PhD, RN, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN, NE-BC, FCCM

Jan Powers, Director of Nursing Research and Professional Practice at Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is responsible for development and implementation of evidence-based practice and nursing research for a nine-hospital system. She is a faculty member at Indiana University School of Nursing and has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 20 years. Her primary areas of practice are critical care, trauma and neuroscience nursing. She has served on nutrition support teams and has conducted research related to nutritional practices. Powers holds a PhD, MSN and BSN from Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She serves on the Editorial Board for Intensive and Critical Care Nursing and is a manuscript reviewer for several journals. She has conducted over 40 research studies, has published extensively and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of critical care and nursing topics. Among her many awards are the Norma Shoemaker Award for Excellence in Critical Care Nursing from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and induction as a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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