Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards

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These flashcards will help you learn and retain the most important nutrition concepts you need to know to be successful on your nursing school exams. Whether you are required to take a specific class on Nutrition, or if you just need to learn key nutritional concepts for all your other nursing classes, these flashcards have you covered!

Nutrition plays a key role in patient wellness, and patient teaching regarding nutrition is a key part of EVERY nurse’s job. These flashcards will help you understand the basics of nutrition, along with key nutritional and lifestyle considerations for common health disorders.

Who can use these?

  • An RN or PN Nursing Student.
  • A pre-nursing student who would like to get ahead and become familiar with key nutritional concepts before starting nursing school.
  • Any nurse who wants to better understand the role of nutrition in health/wellness in order to provide the best possible patient care.
  • Any health professional that would like to better understand nutrition basics and nutritional guidance for common health disorders.

What’s included?

  • Nutrition Essentials for Nursing, broken into two key sections:
    • Foundations of Nutrition and Diet
    • Nutrition for Nursing Practice
  • Seventy-eight (78) durable 3” x 5” flashcards. A cover card and index is also provided. 
  • A glossy front and a matte back for easy note-taking.
  • Important terms or facts called out in bolded, red text.
  • Cool Chicken Helpful, silly hints highlighted with a Cool Chicken icon.
  • Magnifying Glass Key nursing considerations indicated with a magnifying glass.
  • Check out the searchable Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards Index for a detailed list of topics

Topics included in Nutrition Essentials for Nursing

Check out the Searchable, Interactive Index for Nutrition Essentials for Nursing

Foundations of Nutrition and Diet

  • Overview of Macronutrients and Micronutrients
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Lipids
  • Cholesterol
  • Proteins
  • Protein Metabolism (anabolism, catabolism, nitrogen balance)
  • Water Soluble Vitamins (B-complex vitamins, vitamin C)
  • Fat Soluble Vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, K)
  • Major Minerals and Electrolytes (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium)
  • Trace Minerals (iron, zinc, iodine, fluoride)
  • Water (sensible/Insensible water loss, dehydration)
  • Daily Caloric Requirements, Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Nutritional and Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Weight Loss
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Religious and Cultural Dietary Considerations
  • Developmental Considerations: Pregnancy, infants, toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, older adults

Nutrition for Nursing Practice

  • Components of a Nutritional Assessment
  • Oral Diets (NPO, clear liquid, pureed, full liquid, soft/mechanical, dysphagia)
  • Enteral and parenteral nutrition
  • Food/Nutrient and Medication Interactions
  • Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Guidance for health disorders:
    • Respiratory disorders: COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, TB
    • Cardiovascular disorders: CAD, Hypertension, MI, Heart Failure
    • Nervous System disorders: Neurologic Dysphagia, Migraine Headaches, Meniere’s Disease
    • Musculoskeletal disorders: Osteoporosis, Osteomalacia, Gout
    • Gastrointestinal disorders: Dysphagia, GERD, Hiatal Hernia, PUD, Gastritis, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhea, Foodborne Illness, Celiac Disease, IBS, Diverticulitis, Ostomies, Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Cirrhosis, Pancreatitis
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa
    • Endocrine Disorders: Diabetes, Diabetes Insipidus, SIADH, Addison’s Disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism
    • Renal Disorders: Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Injury, Nephrotic Syndrome, Glomerulonephritis, Urolithiasis
    • Cancer: Prevention, Xerostomia, Taste Alterations, Stomatitis

Which Nursing Exams Do These Flashcards Help With?

We designed the Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards to help nursing students on the following exams:

  • NCLEX and comprehensive predictor exams (e.g., ATI, HESI).
  • Nursing class exams (Nutrition, Nursing Fundamentals, Medical Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternity Nursing).


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The Legend of Cool Chicken

Have you heard the legend of Cool Chicken? It is our most memorable (and talked about) memory aide. As it turns out, nursing material is a lot more fun to learn when you make up silly stories to "explain" the concepts.

This wacky hint has its origin in our Pharmacology videos!

Colchicine is a medication used to treat an acute gout attack.

HINT: Colchicine kind of looks like 'cool chicken'.

Guy to his friend with a chicken: "Hey man, cool chicken. OUCH! Your chicken just pecked and cut my gouty toe!"

The Level Up RN community loved this hint, and it was the reason we started adding more hints to our flashcards.

The Cool Chicken highlights a silly memory device that makes it easier to learn the material you need to know!

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