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Honors Thesis


There is a lack of registered nurses’ knowledge related to nutritional needs of patients. Furthermore, poor self-care in their own lives regarding healthy eating may lead to inadequate patient education and poorer patient outcomes in managing their health. Barriers identified for RNs include: not having a nutrition course, feeling that patient teaching of healthy eating is of lesser importance, a paucity of time and confidence to do so, or thinking it is the job of a dietician. The purpose of this research is to identify RNs nutritional knowledge and how nurses’ nutritional education and practice affects their teaching and patient outcomes.

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