if nutrition is administered by enteral instillation, compound or dispense a therapeutic diet
The Regulation authorizes registered nurses to compound and dispense enteral diets within their autonomous scope of practice. Registered nurses are not authorized to select the ingredients for a therapeutic enteral diet. This restricted activity is carried out by other health professionals, such as dietitians.
Within autonomous scope of practice, registered nurses can compound and dispense a therapeutic diet administered through enteral instillation only to stable clients with an established diet. Registered nurses must obtain a client-specific order from an appropriate health professional for all other clients.
Registered nurses are encouraged to collaborate with a dietitian or pharmacist when compounding or dispensing enteral diets.