Nutrition and Hydration: The Basics

Nutrition and Hydration: The Basics 

Nutrition and hydration are important parts of a person's health and well-being. You may help clients with meal preparation, so it is important for you to understand the basics of nutrition and hydration. This course presents conditions that might place a person at risk for poor nutrition and hydration. It will show you how to help improve and maintain a client's nutrition and hydration status.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-NUTRHB
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Name conditions that may put a client at risk for impaired nutrition and hydration.
Describe basic principles of nutrition and hydration to include during meal preparation.
List ways you can encourage clients to maintain proper nutrition and hydration.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Nutrition and Hydration

A. Meet Hank

B. Physical Changes Due to Aging

C. Dementia

D. Emotional Distress

E. Illness and Disease

F. Medications

G. Special Procedures

H. Other Factors

I. Factors Affecting Hank

J. Why are Nutrition and Hydration Important?

K. Malnutrition and Dehydration

L. Meal Preparation

M. Beverages

N. Fat, Salt, and Sugar

O. Encouraging Clients 

P. Review

Section 3: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributor

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Direct Care Workers; General Staff; in the following settings: Home Health.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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