News | Published December 10, 2012

Mount Nittany Medical Center registered dietitian receives “exclusive training”

Michele Rager, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, works primarily in the ICU, with a focus on nutrition support. Nutrition support refers to enteral (tube feeding) and parenteral (IV feeding) nutrition. Recently, she became one of only ten other Registered Dietitians (RDs) across the United States who completed the Nestle Nutrition Institute's Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program.

"I really appreciated the dynamic presentations that the instructors provided and the opportunity to receive individualized feedback on how to improve my practice. It was a great opportunity to be able work closely with two renowned nutrition support physicians," said Rager.

The Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program is an exclusive educational opportunity for RDs hosted by Nestle Nutrition Institute, which is a continuing professional education (CPE) accredited provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. The goal of the program is to give dietitians the opportunity to learn how to communicate effectively with a healthcare team and to build leadership skills that can then be used to advance and improve patient care and outcomes. The unique program provides a small and interactive educational experience that is designed to promote learning and enthusiasm for enteral nutrition while providing beneficial experience.

Once accepted into the program, Rager completed five classes over the course of five weeks, all taking place via conference calls with two of the top nutrition physicians in the country. Each week of the program highlighted a different area of focus such as: medical team fundamentals, metabolic response to stress, nutrition in the elderly, pancreatitis and obesity, and tolerance and barriers to enteral nutrition.

Through the Advanced Enteral Nutrition Program, Rager received 10 continuing education credits and brought back a wealth of knowledge to share with the other RDs at Mount Nittany Medical Center.