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Ch 12: Nutrition Basics for Nurses

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Improve your ability to excel on an exam that covers nutrition basics for nurses by taking advantage of the study tools in this short chapter. Fun lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam can quickly and easily strengthen your knowledge of this subject area.

Nutrition Basics for Nurses - Chapter Summary

Whether you are just beginning your study of nutrition basics for nurses or want to refresh your existing understanding, the engaging lessons in this online chapter can help! Top instructors help maximize your comprehension of this subject by analyzing healthy diet planning guidelines, diet adaptations, nutritional disturbances and more. Reviewing these lessons will enable you to:

  • Define nutrition and list 6 important nutrients for the body
  • Describe the purpose and uses of healthy diet planning guidelines
  • List and describe common nutritional disturbances
  • Discuss gender, culture and other factors that influence dietary choices
  • Exhibit knowledge of different diet adaptations and alternative feeding methods
  • Explain how nurses assess patients' nutritional and gastrointestinal status

Feel free to access the lessons in this chapter as short videos that average about 8 minutes each or full transcripts you can read online or print. Before, during or after reviewing your lessons of choice, assess your comprehension by taking their accompanying multiple-choice quizzes. If you hit a snag while studying this chapter or need additional information, be sure to submit your questions to our experts. Before the day of your test, be sure to gauge your comprehension of nutrition basics for nurses by taking the practice chapter exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Nutrition Basics for Nurses
What is Nutrition?

1. What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the foods you eat. Learn about the six nutrients needed for energy, maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.

Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

2. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups

The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.

Common Nutritional Disturbances

3. Common Nutritional Disturbances

There are many situations that can affect a person's nutrition. Learn more about common nutritional disturbances and their effects on the body and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

4. Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues

You are a unique person and therefore, the dietary choices you make should be well-suited to who you are and what you do. The factors that influence these choices will be the focus of this lesson.

Diet Adaptations & Alternative Feeding Methods

5. Diet Adaptations & Alternative Feeding Methods

Did you know there are several different diet adaptations and alternative feeding methods? There are just as many reasons people may need to be on them. Learn more about these forms of nutrition, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Nursing Assessment of Nutritional & Gastrointestinal Status

6. Nursing Assessment of Nutritional & Gastrointestinal Status

Have you ever wondered how nurses or other health care professionals determine a patient's nutritional and gastrointestinal status? Learn more about obtaining health history and nutritional and gastrointestinal assessments, then try a quiz.

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