Hello students! I have been a nurse for awhile now, and am working on a Master's Degree in nutrition and will become a dietitian next year. I am trying to get a feel for how nutrition is taught in nursing schools
these days. I graduated from an ADN program in 1987 and I did not have a specific course in nutrition, but nutrition concepts were given in my nursing courses. The specific questions I have are:
1. Do you have a specific course in nutrition that is required, and if so how many credits and what is the title?
2. If you do or do not, are you in an ADN, diploma, or BSN program?
3. Is your course taught through the school of nursing and taught by a nurse, or is it through a nutrition department and taught by a dietitian?
4. In your nutrition course, is medical nutrition therapy and/or nutrition support discussed?
Thank you all very much, and good luck with school!
Mar 24, '02
1. Not a seperate class.
3. Our classes are taught by MSN's.
4: Nutrition is covered in & along with all areas of study. Vitamins, protein consumption related to tissue regeneration, electrolyte managment, etc. We use Mosby's Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy.
Last edit by StudentSandra on Mar 24, '02
Mar 27, '02
Niether my ADN nor my BSN programs required a seperate course. However, before enrolling in either I took a nurtrition course. Taught in the Natural Science Department.
My ADN program is rated as one of the top in the nation. BUT on the Nation League For Nurising (NLN) exam that is taken at the end of the program (too see how you will do on boards), Nutrition is an area where students do poorly. So the instructors give you about 2 pages of Nutrition handout to memorize for this exam.
TH nutrition course I took at another school was excellent ant I would recomend it to every adult to take.
For the most part I find my collegues (grads of diffrent schools) (those I work with) are extreemly weak in nutrition.
Last edit by Agnus on Mar 27, '02
Mar 27, '02
Originally posted by pkmom
It was part of my ADN. It was taught by an overweight biology prof. 3 hrs.
Back to the topic at hand...
1. 3 credit hours
3. Taught by dietician.
4. Not technically connected to nursing, but probably 75% of the class were nursing students, so she often related the info to nursing. I think there may have even been a (very brief) test that was about some of the major disease processes and their dietary implications.
Sorry if the info was sketchy, it was about 6 years ago!
Last edit by OBNURSEHEATHER on Mar 27, '02