Dietitians in Nutrition Support (DNS) is Dietetic Practice Group #24 of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsDNS members, more than 3300 strong, are health care practitioners integrating the science of enteral and parenteral nutrition support to individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Mission & Vision

Mission: To equip members with the tools and resources needed to optimize clinical outcomes for individuals receiving nutrition support therapy
Vision: Optimize the health of individuals receiving nutrition support therapy

Benefits of DNS Membership

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


Networking & Professional Development

Research, Grants, & Awards

Bimonthly issues of our peer-reviewed publication, Support Line. Most issues offer 3 CPEUs. You can access full-text issues (1989-present) on website

DNS Forum on website

Award up to (8) Professional Development grants ($1000)

Webinars (4) per year (1 CPEU each)

DNS Career Mentoring program- get paired with an experienced clinician to help reach your goals!

Award up to (20) student grants for FNCE® registration

FREE Virtual Interactive Journal Club (1 CPEU each)

DNS Writer’s Mentoring program- enhance your writing skills and potentially get published in Support Line.

DNS research grant- up to $10,000

Podcasts, available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Virtual member reception during FNCE®

Member contributions are recognized by awarding the DNS Distinguished Practice and Distinguished Service Awards

DNS YouTube® channel

Representation on legislative issues related to the practice of nutrition support therapy

Nomination of DNS members for Academy awards and national ballot

DNS-sponsored educational sessions at FNCE®

Special “live” podcast events held in conjunction with FNCE® and ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice conference


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 via the DNS store
Awards, Grants and Scholarships: 
  • Professional Development Grants are awarded each spring (4) and fall (4) in the amount of $1000. This is an easy way for members to obtain funds for a CE conference, workshop, or post-graduate course.
  • Student Scholarships are awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to promote his/her education with a $500 award plus complimentary registration to FNCE.
  • DNS Research Grant for $10,000 is available annually to support a member’s research study. 
  • DNS Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Practice Award are given each year to members who exemplify leadership and clinical practice knowledge and skills.
Networking Opportunities:
  • Speaker’s Bureau is a tool used by conference planners and industry sponsors to enlist potential speakers on a variety of topics. This is a great opportunity to promote yourself and share your knowledge with others.
  • The Forum 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

Updated 1/2022
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