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Nutrition Part 1: Assessment and Psychosocial Challenges

presented by Betty Clark, BSN, MEd, RN, CRRN

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Financial— Betty Clark receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 25 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 21 Minutes

This course is Part 1 of a two-part series on post-acute nutrition. This course gives nurses an overview of management of nutritional needs of post-acute patients/residents. These patients can range from being debilitated and undernourished to experiencing complications of obesity. Some of the nutrition issues addressed in this course are: oral health, dehydration, malnutrition, obesity, and energy needs. A suggested nutritional assessment and nursing interventions are included. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but particularly those in post-acute settings.

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Betty Clark, BSN, MEd, RN, CRRN

Betty brings more than 40 years of neurological and rehabilitation nursing expertise to her courses and seminars. She started as a bedside neuro nurse after graduating with her BSN from the University of Virginia. She developed a passion for teaching patients and their families how to live with a disability. She expanded her teaching to…

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1. Nutritional Assessment

Nurses need to perform a complete nutritional assessment on admission and when a new condition arises. This chapter will cover four major components of the nutritional assessment: anthropometrics, biochemical markers, clinical assessment factors (functional, cognitive, and oral health), and dietary patterns.

2. Nutritional Assessment Continued

Post-acute patients/residents are culturally and religiously diverse. This chapter focuses on providing culturally sensitive care, including collaboration with the dietician to incorporate food preferences, dietary requirements, and ethnic food patterns. This chapter also describes the various psychological factors that can alter nutritional status.

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