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Implications for Nursing: A Self-Study Module 1.5 credits Admission to MEPN program or permission of instructor GRNU 302, 322 Sarah E. Abrams, PhD, RN, CNS-BC 230 Rowell Building 802-656-3061
Credits: Prerequisite: Pre- or Corequisite(s): Faculty:
Course Description: Self-directed learning module focused on the role of nutrition in promoting health and in the management of various health conditions across the lifespan will be explored. A focus on determinants of malnutrition and the clinical implications of nutritional imbalances in disease will be emphasized. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 1. Explain the role of nutrients in the human body. 2. Identify the components of balanced nutrition for a healthy child, adolescent, adult and elder. 3. Explain common causes of malnutrition across the lifespan. 4. Teach individuals and families how to improve nutritional status with consideration for cultural influences on dietary preferences. 5. Apply the nursing process to client situations to address issues of nutritional imbalance across the lifespan. 6. Describe therapeutic diets for selected health conditions. 7. Demonstrate ability to initiate collaboration with registered dieticians and community nutrition programs to meet the needs of clients who are nutritionally at risk. Course Learning/Teaching Approach: This is a self-directed course for students in the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing who have not had a college level course in nutrition and for those interested in clinical problems in nursing, with a strong emphasis on nutritional guidance for primary care and acutely ill patients. Students are expected to read the text, integrate materials online, engage in learning activities to demonstrate mastery of both content and patient communications. Students may expect to spend about 10-12 hours per week reading, searching for evidence and integrating evidence into assignments, and completing unit review tests. The final exam is comprehensive.
Course Schedule for GRNU 311 Clinical Nutrition for Nursing, Summer 2009
Week of May 18-22 Topic Introduction to Basic Nutrients and Nutritional Guidance Vitamins, Minerals, Water, & Body Fluid Lifespan Nutrition Readings Text, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Web Resources Text, Chapters 7, 8, 9 Text, Chapters 11, 12, 13 Web Resources Text, Chapters 6, 10, 18, 24 Web Resources Text, Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17 Web Resources Text, Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Web Resources Assignments Weekly Quiz 1
May 25-29 June 1-5
Weekly Quiz 2 Weekly Quiz 3
Digestion, Energy Balance, Weight Control, & Stress Clinical Nutrition I Food Management, Nutrient Delivery, Food-Drug Interactions Clinical Nutrition II Nutrition in Disease
Weekly Quiz 4
Weekly Quiz 5
Weekly Quiz 6
Textbook: Lutz, C. & Przytulski, K. (2006). Nutrition and Diet Therapy: Evidence Based Applications (4th ed.) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
Assignments: 1. Weekly quizzes, 6 at 10% each (online) 2. Final examination (online) 3. Patient teaching assignment (electronic) 60% 20% 20%
Patient Teaching Assignment Criteria to be supplied by class start.