About DNS

Mission & Vision


To equip members with the tools and resources needed to optimize clinical outcomes for individuals receiving nutrition support therapy


Optimal nutrition care for all those who require nutrition support across the healthcare spectrum

Benefits of DNS Membership

Membership in DNS offers an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues.


  • Bimonthly issues of our peer-reviewed publication, Support Line. Most issues offer 3 CPEUs. You can access full-text issues (1989-present) on website
  • Webinars (4) per year (1 CPEU each)
  • FREE Virtual Interactive Journal Club (1 CPEU each)
  • Podcasts, available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
  • DNS YouTube® channel
  • DNS-sponsored educational sessions at FNCE®

Networking & Professional Development

  • DNS Forum on website
  • DNS Career Mentoring program- get paired with an experienced clinician to help reach your goals!
  • DNS Writer’s Mentoring program- enhance your writing skills and potentially get published in Support Line.
  • Virtual member reception during FNCE®
  • Representation on legislative issues related to the practice of nutrition support therapy
  • Special “live” podcast events held in conjunction with FNCE® and ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice conference

Research, Grants, & Awards

  • Award up to (8) Professional Development grants ($1000)
  • Award up to (20) student grants for FNCE® registration
  • DNS research grant- up to $10,000
  • Member contributions are recognized by awarding the DNS Distinguished Practice and Distinguished Service Awards
  • Nomination of DNS members for Academy awards and national ballot

Educational Opportunities:

  • FREE Subscription to Support Line- a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed publication that features reviews of current topics in nutrition support including critical care, research, pediatrics, transplant, gastroenterology and home care. 3 CPE credits are offered with each issue. Online access to all back issues is available.
  • Skills Workshops can train you on feeding tube placement, performing nutrition-focused physical examination, and enhance skills in implementing the Nutrition Care Process
  • DNS-Sponsored Symposium can help improve your professional practice using practical application of evidence-based nutrition support
  • Webinars are offered 6 times per year with CE credits.
  • Writer’s Mentoring Program will connect you with an experienced author to guide you through the writing process as you prepare an article for publication.
  • Career Mentoring Program connects seasoned members with novice practitioners to help you advance your clinical, leadership or management skills.
  • Discounted materials from DNS via the eatrightStore

Awards, Grants and Scholarships:

Networking & Professional Development


  • The Discussion Board is an on-line community where members post clinical questions and receive feedback from other members.
  • Volunteer opportunities with DNS projects and committees are a great way to network and enhance your professional skills.
  • Member receptions at The Academy's Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo and ASPEN Nutrition Science and Practice Conference