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Management of Nutrition and Metabolic Needs in Rehabilitation

presented by Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FARN, FAAN

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Financial: Kristen L. Mauk receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kristen L. Mauk has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course is part of our CRRN(R) Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN(R) Prep-Program.

Nutritional and metabolic needs of rehabilitation patients must be strategically met to promote optimal outcomes. This course presents information on assessing nutritional status, the normal swallowing process, screening for dysphagia, interventions related to swallowing disorders, and positioning for feeding, as well as teaching interventions for safe swallowing, managing nutrition, using adaptive equipment, and promoting skin integrity.

CRRN(R) is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Meet Your Instructor


Dr. Mauk has been a professor of nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a professor of nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She…

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1. Nutritional Needs and Normal Swallowing

This chapter presents the basics of nutritional assessment, the normal swallowing process, and diagnostic testing for dysphagia. Issues such as endocrine disorders and obesity are briefly reviewed.

2. Management of Dysphagia

This chapter describes dysphagia and nursing interventions to address this problem. Use of adaptive equipment for eating is also discussed.

3. Tube Feeding Basics

This chapter provides content on feeding tubes used for enteral nutrition and hydration. The difference between feeding tubes is explained. Practical examples of how to care for G-tubes and PEG tubes are provided.

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