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NS3119 - Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

The purpose of this subject is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of nutrition on health. The subject will provide the student with the skills and knowledge to assess and manage the nutritional status of individuals and groups within diverse clinical and cultural contexts. The students will learn the physiological basis of nutrition, nutritional requirements, the nature and composition of foods and food groups; nutritional assessment; and social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition relevant to local, national and international settings. Students will be introduced to a broad scope of health interventions to treat, manage, and promote optimal nutritional status in a variety of client groups. Special nutrient needs of people across the lifespan, including pregnancy and lactation are discussed and nutritional needs of those experiencing acute and chronic disease processes will be addressed alongside key factors relevant to the prevention of chronic disease and illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • assess, manage and promote optimal nutritional status across the human lifespan, including pregnancy and lactation, within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse and/or Registered Midwife;
  • recommend a range of evidence based strategies to promote health eating and lifestyle behaviours across population groups, taking into consideration the relationship between social, cultural and behavioural factors that influence nutritional intake and health;
  • apply understanding of the role and function of key nutrients in the provision of nursing and/or midwifery care for all persons across the lifespan, including managing acute and chronic diseases.
Prerequisites: (NS2112 OR NS2113) AND NS2022 AND (NS2214 OR NS2218) AND PP2131 AND PP2231 AND (NS2215 OR NS2216 OR NS2217 OR (NS2003 AND NS2004))


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Karen Yates, Ms Sandra Dash.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: presentations (40%); (20%); assignments (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.