Clinical Education Facilitator
Surely patient nutrition is a nursing issue? How can we improve nutrition and hydration if feeding is passed on to other staff. Have someone else fill in the paper work. I would rather help my patients with their dinner!
Comment on: Should volunteers feed patients?
Why should we object to volunteers? We are always talking about involving patients and their families and when some suggestion that they help is made, we react with horror.
Yes, it is, and should be the responsibility of nurses to know the nutritional status of their patients, but whenever we are stretched to breaking point, should we not welcome the help instead of being so defensive.
Comment on: Weight Watchers 'twice as good' as standard care
As nurses, we send people home from hospital or out of ghe clinic telling them they must eat a healthy diet. However, do we take any time to find out if they truly understand what that is or how to achieve it? A referral to a dietician can take months and private nutrition advice can be very expensive. Surely if someone, a patient or a nurse, feels empowered by joining a weight loss group, that is a good thing? While I personally am not a fan of these groups, I know many people who find the advice and moral support to be a great help.
Perhaps the NHS should team up with education authorities and teach people how to shop for and prepare healthy food. If we continue to eat rubbish, then our health will be rubbish. Aftewr all, you are what you eat!
I find it incomprehensible that there is little or no fresh veg on hospital menus. We bang on about eating fresh fruit and veg, then don't serve any of it.
Also, if a patient is showing signs of malnutrition, we bleep the dietitian and they recommend supplements! These are bound to cost more an both the short and long term.
Would it not make more sense to feed patients tasty nutritious meals that will make them feel satisfied and well fed, at the same time as meeting their nutritional needs and aiding healing! (Incidentally, this would mean patients may be discharged sooner, again saving money and that seems to be the main focus of the NHS these days!)