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Nutrition for Nurses

Chapter Summary

Nutrition for NursesChapter Summary

  • For proper functioning of the neurologic system, specific nutrients are required across the client’s lifespan.
  • The health of the client and fetus is optimized by ensuring that the client consumes adequate protein and has a diet is rich in micronutrients including vitamins A, B9 (folate), B12 (cobalamin), D, E, and K as well as minerals such as copper, iron, creatine, choline, zinc, and iodine.
  • Specific nutrients for infants, children, and adolescents offer optimal neural development.
  • The nutrient needs for adults change with the aging process; ensuring adequate intake of key macronutrients and micronutrients prevents cognitive decline.
  • Weight management is important throughout the client’s lifespan and can promote neurological health.
  • Neurologic conditions and subsequent treatment and medications can alter the client’s nutritional state.
  • Nurses should be aware of the potential nutritional challenges that could present and teach their clients about specific nutritional strategies to prevent rapid declines related to neurologic diseases and conditions.

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