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Oct 08 2013
Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Educates Attendees about Patient Malnutrition Issues at 2013 AMSN Convention
Cynthia Nowicki Hnatiuk, EdD, RN, CAE, and Executive Director of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

The 22nd Annual AMSN Convention was a great success. Both the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition booth and general session presentation were very well received, with more than 200 AMSN members stopping by the booth, and more than 750 attending the Alliance presentation titled, "Improve Patient Outcomes by Identifying and Addressing Malnutrition through an Inter-disciplinary Approach."

The Alliance representatives - Dr. Beth Quatrara (AMSN), Dr. Melissa Parkhurst (SHM), and Dr. Kelly Tappenden (AND) – worked together to deliver a dynamic and engaging presentation, driving many detailed questions and requests for more information from the nurses in attendance. Additionally, the AMSN board was pleased with the presentation, stating they greatly increased their knowledge of hospital malnutrition.

Highlights of the presentation included facts on how malnutrition affects patient outcomes, evidence of nutrition intervention’s impact on patient outcomes, the Alliance’s Nutrition Care Model and practical examples of how nurses can transform their hospital environment to put greater emphasis on patient nutrition.

Through the presentation and the booth interaction, it became more evident that medical-surgical nurses understand the issue of hospital malnutrition and want to enhance their ability to incorporate nutrition care into their practices. Both were fantastic opportunities to help them learn more about the impact nutrition can have on improving patient outcomes. Of particular use were some of the applicable tips shared by Beth Quatrara, such as screening all patients and assuring that any patients identified as at-risk or malnourished are promptly referred to the health care team. Dr. Quatrara also emphasized the importance of creating meal times conducive to eating and developing processes to avoid missed meals or feedings. Additional tips can be found in the Nutrition Care Recommendations for Nurses.

AMSN is a proud member of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, and we look forward to continuing to spread the message about how nutrition intervention can improve patient outcomes. We welcome clinicians to join us next year at the 23rd Annual Convention on September 11-14, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.