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Ripe for reform

20 February 2008

Nursing Standard


Levels of nutritional care for patients in the community are difficult to gauge, but community nurses can make a difference to those at risk.

Implementing nutrition screening

01 June 2006

Nursing Management


A REVIEW of documentation at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, carried out as part of the trust’s governance strategy, revealed that more than five...

Tools to assess the nutritional status of acutely ill older adults

01 June 2006

Nursing Older People


Nurses are responsible for identifying patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. They are also expected to follow-up patients’ nutritional status and...

Introduction of mealtime volunteers in a district general hospital

14 December 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes the introduction of volunteers in a small district general hospital to assist patients with their meals. Training provided to prospective...

Improving nutrition for older people

01 July 2006

Nursing Older People

Gerontological care and practice

Protected mealtimes are periods on a hospital ward when all non-urgent clinical activity stops. During these times patients are able to eat without being interrupted...

Reducing nutritional risk in hospital: the red tray

12 March 2003

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Malnutrition in hospital is too common. During the patient’s stay, many factors influence their nutritional state. Several reports have drawn attention to...

Applying the key principles of nutrition to nursing practice

14 May 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines the importance of good nutrition in adults and children. With reference to adult nursing, the article highlights the benefits of nutritional...

Promoting good nutrition in patients with dementia

26 March 2008

Nursing Standard


This article aims to raise awareness of good nutrition, the specific nutritional needs of individuals with dementia and the importance and implementation of...

The role of dining companions in supporting nursing care

17 June 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Malnutrition in hospitals is an ongoing international issue. Research indicates that there are many barriers to nutritional care, including lack of nursing time,...

Malnutrition in low income countries: lessons from the field

05 May 2007

Paediatric Nursing


Contrary to popular perception, malnutrition is not simply the result of having too little to eat, a fact highlighted by the World Bank (2006) in a report on the...