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Nursing's Role in Nutrition


CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: September-October 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 301-306
doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e31819f7ca8
Feature Article

There are not enough dietitians and nutritionists available to serve the entire healthcare industry. That means that nurses often fill the role of nutrition counselors. Nurses do not receive extensive education about nutrition, but there are great opportunities for nurses in nutrition, both as educators and researchers. One way this can happen is through the use of nutrition assessment tools. This article introduces a freeware nutritional assessment tool for use on Windows-based computers (available at Unlike currently available tools, the Nutrition Analyzer is a stand-alone, Web-independent product, which builds a database of client data that can be manipulated for analysis and research.

Author Affiliation: Southside Kidney Specialists, Petersburg, VA.

This article was supported in part by HRSA CFDA no. 93.24 AENP HRSA-04-010.

Corresponding author: Michael Henning, MSN, RN, ANP-C, 3400 S. Crater Rd, Suite B, Petersburg, VA 23805 (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.