Date: December 15
Time: 1 - 2 p.m. (Central time)
Nutrition is a basic human right. Navigating this right is a complex endeavor when nutrition support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, is involved in patient care. Numerous factors, including disease state and prognosis, cultural and religious practices, perceived benefit versus burden and the attitudes of healthcare providers, can influence the provision of nutrition support. RDNs and NDTRs must understand and apply the fundamental principles of ethics while respecting the cultural values, religious beliefs, and ethnic background of the patient to actively participate in the discussion and provision of nutrition support. When equipped with an understanding of the fundamental principles of ethics along with knowledge of the benefits, burdens and risks of nutrition support, RDNs can, and should, serve an important role in providing objective and evidence-based education for patients, families and health care providers to aid in and guide decisions regarding nutrition support.
This webinar will review the numerous factors that influence decisions about nutrition support provision as well as the ethical principles that should guide these choices. Opportunities for impactful involvement of the RDN in interdisciplinary and patient/caregiver discussions and decision-making processes will be outlined to help RDNs serve an impactful role in the ethically and emotionally challenging area of nutrition support.
CPE Level: 2
Performance Indicators: 1.3, 1.7, 2.2, 2.3
- Identify the fundamental principles of ethics and provide specific examples of each regarding nutrition support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition.
- Develop an easy-to-understand explanation to provide to patients and caregivers regarding the impacts of providing or forgoing nutrition at the end of life.
- Determine methods to facilitate the early and proactive involvement of the registered dietitian in interdisciplinary discussions and decisions regarding plans for nutrition support, including enteral and parenteral nutrition, for individual patients.
Valaree Williams, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, CNSC, FAND
Valaree has 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian working in clinical nutrition and leadership positions. She provides nutrition care to patients with cancer from diagnosis through survivorship and end of life. Her experience includes working at academic medical centers across the country and she is currently employed as a clinical oncology nutritionist at American Oncology Network (AON) providing telehealth nutrition services to patients in community cancer across the country. Additionally, she serves in several volunteer roles for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Commission on Dietetic Registration and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).