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Understanding Nutrition for Nurses - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy body. We've all heard that we must eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins to maintain our health, but for some people it's not so simple. They may suffer from health problems related to, or exacerbated by, poor nutrition. Nurses must be able to understand nutritional considerations when assessing and implementing nursing interventions to help a sick patient. In these videos, you will learn:
- How nutrition is defined
- About health diet guidelines
- How food is digested and absorbed
- Common conditions related to nutrition problems
- Techniques for assessing a patient's nutritional and gastrointestinal status
|What is Nutrition?||Identify the six classes of nutrients and their primary functions.|
|Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups||Discuss the food guide pyramid.|
|Digestive System I: The Upper Gastrointestinal Tract||Describe the anatomy and functions of the upper gastrointestinal tract.|
|Digestive System II: The Lower Gastrointestinal Tract||Examine the lower gastrointestinal tract's physiology and anatomy.|
|Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count||Study the calorie and learn how to calculate a calorie count and content.|
|Common Nutritional Disturbances||Identify nutrition problems and conditions, such as vomiting, heartburn, obesity, anorexia and malnutrition.|
|Factors that Influence Dietary Choices: Gender, Culture & Other Issues||Consider the many issues that influence decisions about diet and nutrition.|
|Diet Adaptations & Alternative Feeding Methods||Determine when and why diet adaptions are necessary and discuss alternative feeding methods.|
|Nursing Assessment of Nutritional & Gastrointestinal Status||Discuss techniques used to assess nutritional and gastrointestinal status during a patient interview.|
|Vitamins: Functions & Food Sources||Identify various sources of vitamins and how they can help supplement nutrition.|
|Minerals: Functions & Food Sources||Study the different minerals that play a role in good nutrition.|
|Nursing Case Study on Nutrition||Apply your understanding of nutrition to analyze a realistic situation in a medical office using the nursing care process.|
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.
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.
3. Digestive System I: The Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
Did you know that there are digestive enzymes in your saliva? It's true. As soon as you put a piece of food in your mouth, the digestive process begins. Join us with this first of two lessons about the human digestive system, where we'll follow food through the upper gastrointestinal tract from the mouth through the stomach.
4. Digestive System II: The Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
The lower gastrointestinal tract is the part of the digestive system that is responsible for the last part of food digestion and the expulsion of waste from the body. In this lesson, we'll look at each part of the system and what functions each serves in the process of digestion.
5. Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count
A calorie is a unit of measurement used to express energy. There are three nutrients that provide the body with calories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Learn about these macronutrients and recommendations for total energy intake: EER and AMDRs.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Assessing a Patient's Nutritional & Gastrointestinal Status
A patient's nutritional and gastrointestinal status are important to determine. In this lesson, we'll learn how to determine the nutritional and gastrointestinal status.
10. 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.
11. Vitamins: Functions & Food Sources
Have you ever wondered the role and function that vitamins play in our nutrition? Learn more about vitamins and their sources and test your knowledge with a quiz.
12. Minerals: Functions & Food Sources
Have you ever wondered the role and function that minerals play in our nutrition? Learn more about minerals and their sources and test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Nursing Case Study on Nutrition
This case study will help you, as the student, apply the nursing process to a patient and family who requires nutrition education in order to heal properly from a wound and help reduce health risk factors.
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