This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client.
- Apply theories and concepts from the arts and sciences to provide prevention-based nutritional care of clients.
- Incorporate evidence, clinical judgment and client preferences in planning nutritional care of the client.
- Identify the impact of socio cultural, economic, legal and political factors influencing nutritional health.
- Discuss the unique nursing perspective in inter-professional teams to optimize client nutritional health.
- Assess protective and predictive factors, including genetics, which influence the nutritional health of individuals, families and communities.
- Assume accountability, through reflection, for personal nutritional self-care behaviors.
- Identify integrative modalities and their role in nutritional health.