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NEW Shield-U Course | Enteral Feeding Tubes: Administering Formula & Medication

Sarah McIlvaine
Author | Shield HealthCare
09/07/16  2:28 PM PST
tube feeding

This free course has already taken place. Contact your local Shield HealthCare representative about scheduling this course as an in-service in your facility.

Click here to find our current available course in our Healthcare Professionals Community.

Enteral tube feeding has become common across a range of healthcare settings, including in the home. In this 30-minute course, healthcare providers and family caregivers alike will learn the valuable skills associated with enteral feeding and medication administration. Participants will learn guidelines and techniques for administering formula and medication through an enteral feeding tube.

Course Summary

This free online course covers general feeding techniques and guidelines, including:

  • Important precautions for enteral feeding
  • Precautions for safe medication administration
  • Different feeding techniques
  • Ways to verify tube placement

This course provides 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education.


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Name important precautions that must be taken when tube feeding
  • Use 3 different tube feeding techniques: bolus, intermittent and continuous
  • Explain 4 ways to verify tube placement
  • Name the 5 ‘rights’ of safe medication administration

Who Should Take this Course

We encourage all healthcare professionals and family caregivers who administer tube feeding to take this informative course. This includes:

  • Nurses
  • Professional caregivers
  • Family caregivers
  • Individuals/Patients
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice agencies

How to Take This Course

Click on the button below to create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. If you are a returning user, use your previous login and password to access the course. After you log in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Click on the course link to begin. You can watch the whole video at once by clicking on an icon in the middle of the screen, or take the course chapter by chapter using the left-hand navigation.

You may take the course test and receive your CE credit certificate immediately after completing the video presentation. Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year! A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.


Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # FBN2818).