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    Emerald Charity Bilbrew, Fayetteville Technical Community College

    Jody Vogelzang, Grand Valley State University

    Kelli Whittington, Southern Illinois University

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    ISBN 13: 9781961584389

    Publisher: OpenStax

    Language: English

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    Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Chapter 1: Introduction to Nutrition for Nurses
    • Chapter 2: A Holistic View of Macronutrients
    • Chapter 3: A Holistic View of Micronutrients
    • Chapter 4: The Digestive Process
    • Chapter 5: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Neurological Wellness
    • Chapter 6: Special Nutritional Considerations for Neurological Health
    • Chapter 7: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Endocrine Wellness
    • Chapter 8: Special Nutritional Considerations for Endocrine Health
    • Chapter 9: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Hematologic Wellness
    • Chapter 10: Special Nutritional Considerations for Hematologic Health
    • Chapter 11: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition forCardiovascular Wellness
    • Chapter 12: Special Nutritional Considerations for Cardiovascular Health
    • Chapter 13: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Pulmonary Wellness
    • Chapter 14: Special Nutritional Considerations for Pulmonary Health
    • Chapter 15: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Renal Wellness
    • Chapter 16: Special Nutritional Considerations for Renal Health
    • Chapter 17: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Gastrointestinal Wellness
    • Chapter 18: Special Nutritional Considerations for Gastrointestinal Health
    • Chapter 19: Applying Clinical Judgment to Promote Nutrition for Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Wellness
    • Chapter 20: Special Nutritional Considerations for Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Health
    • Appendix A: Apps Frequently Used to Support Nutrition Wellness

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    About the Book

    Nutrition for Nurses is structured to support the flexible integration of nutrition content across both system-based and nursing competency-based curricula. It can be used whether nutrition is taught as a standalone course or part of another nursing course. The table of contents for Nutrition for Nurses presents content in 20 chapters, organized into 9 thematic units.

    The text emphasizes evidence-based practice and holistic assessment to facilitate the integration of nutritional awareness for pre-licensure nursing students in the provision of client-centered care. Nutrition for Nurses helps students develop sound clinical judgment as well as a deep understanding of the impact of nutrition on body systems across the lifespan.

    Written and reviewed by highly experienced faculty, Nutrition for Nurses includes a detailed narrative, extensive features and learning resources, and ample student support. The presentation utilizes concepts promoting the development of clinical judgment by building upon the systematic model developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

    About the Contributors


    Dr. Bilbrew holds an ASN from Southern Union State Community College, a BSN in Nursing from Jacksonville University, an MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management from Jacksonville University, a Post Master’s in Nursing Education from Walden University, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems from Regis University. Dr. Bilbrew has been a nurse for more than 20 years and is certified in the specialty of medical-surgical nursing. She is a Lead Instructor of Nursing at Fayetteville Technical Community College where she teaches courses in the Associate Degree Nursing Program that include clinical, lab, online, classroom, and preceptorship components. Dr. Bilbrew is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and has served on multiple volunteer committees, including the Legislative Committee, where she advocates for changes in laws for the advancement of nursing and betterment of the care and safety of clients. She is a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN), a charter member of the Omega Upsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a peer reviewer for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    Dr. Vogelzang holds a BS in dietetics from Michigan State University, an MS in Health Science from Grand Valley State University, an MA in Biology from Miami University of Ohio, and a PhD in Health Services specializing in community health from Walden University. Dr. Vogelzang is a registered dietitian and health education specialist and an expert in community health who has spent the last two decades teaching in higher education. As a practitioner, Dr. Vogelzang is especially well-rounded, working in the community setting with infants, children, pregnant women, and chronically ill adults and older adults and in palliative and hospice care. In 2016, Dr. Vogelzang was the founding director of a coordinated graduate program in clinical dietetics. She is a nationally recognized speaker and researcher. Her peers have formally recognized her for excellence in professional practice—Excellence in Public Health Nutrition (AND) and Achievements in Public Health Nutrition (APA). Dr. Vogelzang has also been recognized for her dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership, and devotion to serving others in nutrition and dietetics as well as allied health fields (AND Medallion Award). She regularly volunteers in professional and community organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Dr. Whittington holds a BS in Nursing from Middle Tennessee University, an MS in Nursing from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University. She is Program Director of Nursing, School of Health Science, at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Whittington’s nursing career spans more than 30 years, with practice in the acute care setting. Her nursing experience includes ICU, oncology, management, and administration. Her nursing education career began in 1993 with an adjunct clinical position at the community college level. Throughout her nursing education experience, she has taught nurses across all academic levels, from certified nurse assistants through bachelor’s-prepared registered nurses, culminating with doctorally prepared registered nurses. She currently teaches nutrition courses to accelerated, traditional, and RN-to-BSN students. Dr. Whittington is a member of the Illinois Nurses Association, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, Registered Nurse Education League, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is the recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (2019), the visiting scholar award from Michigan State University (2009), and an Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship (2023). Dr. Whittington is a Certified Nurse Educator.

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