Nutrition-based quality improvement (QI) provides the means to optimize care by offering the ability to validate, measure the value and direct patient outcomes through implementing evidence-based nutrition protocols.

QI TRAINING COURSE

This course is for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists interested in implementing an enteral nutrition quality improvement (QI) project. Upon completion of the training course, participants will successfully develop and be prepared to execute a quality improvement project in their institution. Participants will receive a Certificate of Training in Quality Improvement* and are eligible for 7.5 CEUs.
*This is not a certification program.
The ENact™ QI Training Course is designed to support the development and implementation of enteral nutrition QI projects. It is intended for dietitians working in a healthcare environment.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for this program:
  1. Must be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) practicing in the United States
  2. Must be currently practicing in a healthcare setting
  3. Must provide a working email address
  4. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience as an RDN
  5. Must work with enteral nutrition patients daily
  6. Must obtain manager or supervisor approval to apply for this program
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of nutrition healthcare professionals who are considered to be QI experts. The panel includes the Course Instructor and representation from Nestlé Health Science’s Chief Medical Unit.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered by the panel.

The selected participants will be notified via email and by phone. Participants have one week to accept the invitation. If a participant does not accept the invitation within one week, they will be replaced with another applicant.

The evaluation process considers the number of years of clinical experience with enteral nutrition patients and application content.
What is required to apply for the training course?
Applicants must submit a completed application form and meet the eligibility criteria.

What is the eligibility criteria for this program?
The ENact™ QI Training Course is designed to support the development and implementation of enteral nutrition QI projects. It is intended for dietitians working in a healthcare environment.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for this training course:
  1. Must be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) practicing in the United States
  2. Must be currently practicing in a healthcare setting
  3. Must provide a working email address
  4. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience as an RDN
  5. Must work with enteral nutrition patients daily
  6. Must obtain manager or supervisor approval to apply for this training course.
If the above criteria is not met the application will not be evaluated for participation.

Why do you request a manager or supervisor signature on the application?
The conference calls will take place during typical work hours; therefore, it is required to inform your manager/supervisor of the expectations for participating in this training course.

Do I need to submit a CV?
A CV is not required.

How are applicants selected for this program?
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of nutrition healthcare professionals who are considered to be QI experts. The panel includes the course instructor and representation from Nestlé Health Science’s Chief Medical Unit.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered by the panel.

The selected participants will be notified via email and by phone. Participants have one week to accept the invitation. If a participant does not accept the invitation within one week, they will be replaced with another applicant.

The evaluation process considers the following: number of years of clinical experience with enteral nutrition patients and application content.

How many participants are selected for the training course?
Up to 10 participants may be selected for each training course.

Why are you offering the training course to a limited number of participants?
Limiting the number of participants helps to facilitate a high level of involvement and interaction so every dietitian has the opportunity to apply and share key learnings and achieve their QI project goals.

If I am not selected for the first training course offering, will I be considered for future training course offerings?
We will retain applications and consider them for future training courses.

When and how will I be notified if I am selected to participate in a training course?
The selected participants will be notified via email and by phone. Participants have one week to accept the invitation. If a participant does not accept the invitation within one week, they will be replaced with another applicant.

What materials will I receive as a participant in this training course and when?
All participants will receive the following information approximately two weeks prior to the start of the first conference call:
  • A complete training course curriculum
  • PowerPoint slides for the five group calls
  • List of required readings and references

Will the training course instructor be available for discussions?
Yes, the training course instructor is available for questions related to the training course. This includes:
  • Communication via email at any time.
    • Office Hours available via phone or Skype
      • Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm ET
      • Thursday 12:00-2:00pm ET
      • Monday/Wednesday: by appointment
This training course is for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists interested in implementing an enteral nutrition quality improvement (QI) project. The goal of the training course is to motivate, educate, support and promote RDNs to lead nutrition-related QI projects within their organizations. Participants will receive a Certificate of Training in Quality Improvement* and are eligible for 7.5 CPEUs upon completion of the training course.

The training course is both educational and interactive. Participants will become familiar with the PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) methodology for quality improvement and develop their QI project utilizing the knowledge and tools they are presented with during the training course. Each participant will have the guidance and support of the group and the training course instructor to champion success.

The objectives of the training course are:
  • Understand the importance of quality improvement and its importance in healthcare.
  • Develop an enteral nutrition QI utilizing tools and resources introduced throughout the training course.
Sample Agenda
The following is a suggested agenda. The training course instructor may adjust the agenda in response to participant input.
Week 1: Group call
  • Class Introduction/Class Objectives
  • Introduction to Quality Improvement
  • What are important factors to consider before starting a project or developing a team?
  • Choosing your project
  • Assignment for next class: Develop project AIM statement
Week 2: 1 to 1 call with training class instructor (optional)

Week 3: Group call
  • Present project AIM statements
  • The PLAN, DO, STUDY, ACT (PDSA) cycle: What is it and how can it help me?
    • PLAN: Identifying a goal, formulating a theory, define success metrics and putting a plan into action.
    • DO: Components of the plan are implemented
  • Examples/ Discussion
  • Present individual AIM statements for team review
  • Assignment for next class: Complete a process map or fishbone for the problem identified.
Week 4: 1 to 1 (optional)

Week 5: Group call
  • Review and discuss class assignment
  • The PLAN, DO, STUDY, ACT (PDSA) cycle: What is it and how can it help me?
    • STUDY: Outcomes are monitored to test the validity of the plan for signs of progress and success.
    • ACT: Closes the cycle, in the learning generated by entire process which can be used for sustainability or further improvement.
  • Presentation expectations/ questions
  • Assignment for next class: Gather and analyze data for your project. Create an anticipated control plan.
Week 6: 1:1 update with training course instructor
Week 7: Group call
  • Project update to class:
    • Review project AIM statement (include baseline data)
    • Share implantation and communication plan with group
    • Provide status of project completion
  • Group Discussion
  • Assignment for next class: Develop Project Dashboard
  • Week 8 & 9: 1:1 update with training course instructor as needed.
    Week 10: Group call
    • Project presentation to class
    • Class summary
      • Methodologies learned
      • Resources available
      • Consider another project
    Nestlé Health Science is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists will receive up to 5 CPEUs for completion of this program. CPE Accredited Provider Number NE008.
    Participants are required to attend and interact in the five conference calls and at least two 1:1 calls with the training course instructor and complete all training course assignments. The amount of time for the calls is approximately 9 hours over a 10 week time frame. The conference calls will be held during work hours.

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    Training Course Dates and Times

    Next Training Course Date
    Training Course Group calls are held Thursdays September 28, 2017 - November 30, 2017
    Group Teleconference Times
    1:00-2:30 pm ET
    Noon – 1:30 pm CT
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm MT
    10:00 am - 11:30 am PT

    APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE

    Training Course Deadline: September 15, 2017


    CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION


    Address questions and fax or scan and email completed applications to:

    Carol Siegel, MS, RD
    Nestlé Health Science
    1007 US Highway 202/206 - Bldg. JR2
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
    Telephone: (908) 333-9254
    Fax : 866-546-3005
    E-mail: ENact@us.nestle.com

    TRAINING COURSE INSTRUCTOR

    Janel A Welch MS, MPA, RDN, CDN, FAND

    Janel is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in food service, acute care, long-term care and community nutrition. She worked as a Clinical Nutrition Manager for over 10 years completing Master’s degrees in Nutrition Management and in Public Administration. Her interest in management and leadership progressed into further interest in process improvement in the healthcare environment. She completed training in Lean Six Sigma (LSS) for Yellow Belt and Green Belt certification within her organization. She then went onto obtaining her LSS Black Belt from Villanova University in 2014. Since then, she has worked on projects in acute care and long term care settings. Her project scopes include all areas of healthcare including but not limited to food and nutrition, clinical care, emergent care and patient support services within her organization. Currently she is the Director of Quality & Risk/ Corporate Compliance Officer for St. Ann’s Community in Rochester New York.