HHS is providing the NOSH Texas train-the-trainer program for 40 nursing facilities. A minimum of five members from each of the selected NFs will be trained to become master trainers who will then provide training to the remaining NF staff.  This free training will take place between April 2018 and July 2018, at four regional locations between Monday and Friday for three consecutive days. 

Presented by Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor at Duke University’s School of Nursing, in collaboration with HHSC, the training provides NF staff with information on the decision-making process and how to use specific handfeeding techniques. Staff will also learn to manage feeding behaviors by considering each resident’s functional ability, energy level and personal preference. Successful outcomes of this training include adequate handfeeding support as well as the prevention of unintended weight loss. Data collected from NFs participating in this training will be used to implement handfeeding best practices around the country.

Facilities can nominate themselves or have another source nominate them. Nominations require completing a short survey.

The nomination process ends November 2017.  Selected NFs will be notified in December and the training will begin April 2018.  If your facility is not selected, additional opportunities to participate will be available in the future.

Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.