We have a dietitian department in the hospital, and they do have classes for patients all the time! The trick is...telling patients about it!
Many times I will ask an MD to order a nutritionist to discuss things with the patient while they are in hospital so they can take that information with them when they go home/facilities. So far so great! I really tried hard to find out what services our hospital provides and suggest them...that is a really good way of helping in this!
Many of the docs I know don't have the nutritional education needed to tell a patient what to do besides...lower this and increase that in your diet. That is somewhat helpful, but how about HOW to do that! I have also suggested some websites to patients for healthy recipes that can help with certain diets. YOu can find them under the ADA, AHA, and what not! I can also teach lable reading when I have time, or I have a print out I can give that really explains things, and I tell them to take it shopping at least once..and they will be suprised! So far I have been told they were suprised! LOL!
We need to take a proactive stance in this as nurses, and I find informing a pt or pts family on where to get the information or services is at least one more tool to helping pts out once they are home/facility. It is up to the pt to use them, but at least I show the way they can take to get the info!