Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards

The Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards were designed to help both nurses and nursing students learn and retain the most important nutrition concepts. 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 with understanding the basics of nutrition, along with key nutritional and lifestyle considerations for common health disorders. Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Flashcards is broken into two key sections:

  • Foundations of Nutrition and Diet
  • Nutrition for Nursing Practice

What’s included?

  • 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

Nutrition Essentials Topics

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
For more detail, check out the searchable, interactive index of Nutrition Essentials Topics.

Which Nursing Exams Do These Flashcards Help With?

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

Who will level up their learning using these flashcards?

  • Nursing students
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

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