Applying the key principles of nutrition to nursing practice
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Applying the key principles of nutrition to nursing practice

Kim Coxall Practice development nurse, Paediatrics
Emma Dawes Practice development nurse, Rehabilitation, elderly medicine and emergency care
Emma Forsyth Senior specialist dietician, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Tyne and Wear
Hilary Lloyd Principal lecturer in nursing, Sunderland Royal Hospital, Tyne and Wear

This article outlines the importance of good nutrition in adults and children. With reference to adult nursing, the article highlights the benefits of nutritional screening of patients, identifies alternative foods for undernourished patients, and discusses why feeding and planning meal times are vital aspects of patient care. In terms of paediatric nursing, the article discusses the implications of childhood obesity and the importance of eating the right balance of foods.

Nursing Standard. 22, 36,44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.36.44.c6543

Correspondence

kim.coxall@chs.northy.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review