Feeding Tube Care and Complications for the Paraprofessional

This course describes common complications seen with enteral nutrition (feeding tubes), possible causes, and preventative steps/considerations for the aide. It also provides education on the importance and methods of oral cares for enteral patients. Dignity issues associated with enteral feedings leading to withdrawal of the patient from normal activities is also highlighted. The course identifies opportunities for aides to assist in promoting normal activities and maintaining patient dignity. 

This is a self paced course with knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before going on to the next lesson.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify common enteral nutrition (feeding tube) complications and their possible causes.
  • Describe cares that may prevent or reduce the opportunity for complications.
  • Explain oral care issues and recommendations with enteral feeding.
  • Identify common dignity issues and related care considerations in enteral nutrition.
Contact Time

0.5 contact hour(s) based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 0.5 hours

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Linda J. Atkinson - RN BSN

Ms. Atkinson received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a minor in psychology from Winona State University in Winona, MN. Much of her 14 year nursing career has focused on geriatric care. Linda has held such roles as staff nurse, case manager, MDS Coordinator, Quality Assurance/Infection Control Nurse, Assistant Director and Director of Nursing in long term care. This led to her current position in quality and process improvement across a health system which includes inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, assisted living and long term care. Additionally, Linda has served as a nurse consultant for group home clients.  <br><br> Through these roles, Linda has extensive experience with enterally fed patients, providing direct care, developing policies & procedures on enteral feeding as well as providing education for and management of staff caring for enterally fed patients.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Paraprofessional Health