HHSC is opening the Handfeeding Techniques for Nursing Facility Residents train-the-trainer program to an additional 20 nursing facilities. Each participating facility will send five or more staff members to a training between June and July 2018. This free training takes place for three consecutive days in one of two regional locations. Each participant will need to attend only one of the three days. Staff members will become master trainers with the skills to train other facility staff members. 

The training provides NF staff with information on the decision-making process and the use of specific handfeeding techniques. Presented by associate professor at Duke University’s School of Nursing Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, in collaboration with HHSC, staff will also learn managing feeding behaviors by considering each resident’s functional ability, energy level and personal preferences. Successful outcomes of this training include adequate handfeeding support and the prevention of unintended weight loss.

To nominate a facility for this training, complete the nomination survey

Nominations close March 15, 2018.  Notification of selected facilities will be in April and training will begin in June. For facilities not selected, future opportunities to participate will be available.

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