Memorial registered dietician, Katie Wolff, recently received certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician by the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification (NBNSC). The certification process requires a comprehensive written examination on nutrition support.
The NBNSC was established by the American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) in 1984 to administer certification programs in specialized nutrition support. A.S.P.E.N. is a multidisciplinary professional organization dedicated to improving nutrition support practice through education, research, and clinical excellence.
Medical-based nutrition can be provided either through a feeding tube (enteral nutrition) or, when the digestive tract cannot be used, through an intravenous tube called a catheter that is inserted directly into the veins (parenteral nutrition). The amount, type, and route of nutrition are tailored specifically to each patient with the goal being to improve patient outcomes, minimize infections, and allow patients to live their lives as normally as possible.
The development of standards of practice, clinical guidelines and the establishment of the NBNSC are efforts A.S.P.E.N has made to enhance delivery of safe and effective nutrition support for the protection of the public.