Patient Nutrition

Nutrition has a significant impact on hospitalized patient outcomes and medical-surgical nurses are in a key position to lead in the delivery of effective nutrition care.

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) participates in a consortium dedicated to improving patient outcomes by championing better and collaborative nutrition care in hospitalized patients.

Our online resources listed below provide evidence-based practices and tools on nutrition that will help you improve patient outcomes in your practice.

NEWS: Upcoming Important Event - Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM

Date: September 26 – 30, 2016
Contact Information: (301) 587-6315,

Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) September 26 – 30, 2016 for their fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™.

The purpose of this week is to raise awareness in healthcare professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier and for the pubic to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.

In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition, which is common in hospitalized patients in the United States and is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission.

Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs. In some studies, 30-50% of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay.

The 2016 week is scheduled to have three webinars* and a chat with the experts:

  • Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective*
  • Combating Malnutrition in Spanish Speaking Population: Available Programs and Resources*
  • Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for Older Adults*
  • Aging Does Not Matter: Malnutrition in the Aging Population

*Participants will receive continuing education credits. ASPEN is accredited to provide medical, pharmacy, nursing and dietetic credits.

AMSN Nutrition Resources

Find published nutrition articles, sessions, infographics, and news stories including:

  • MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal AMSN
  • MedSurg Matters!, AMSN member newsletter
  • AMSN Convention Sessions - Some titles as marked are free for anyone to download, and require an AMSN account to download and/or purchase from the AMSN Online Library.
  • Nutrition Stories, Articles, and Infographics - from other sources such as the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition.

Go to AMSN Nutrition Resources

Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to championing effective patient nutrition practices.

Launched in 2013, the Alliance is comprised of leaders from The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Society of Hospital Medicine, and Abbott Nutrition.

The Alliance is committed to:

  • Generating awareness about the meaningful impact nutrition has on patient outcomes.
  • Encouraging clinicians to elevate the role of  nutrition in the hospital setting.
  • Supporting clinicians in collaborating on hospital-wide nutrition processes.
  • Creating communications initiatives and hospital outreach programs based on clinical evidence, with the goal of educating and advocating for broadly accepted and consistently applied hospital nutrition standards throughout the entire continuum of care.

Go to the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition

Abbott Nutrition Health Institute - Adult Malnutrition

With more than a decade of experience as an accredited provider of nursing and dietitian credits in the U.S., Abbott Nutrition Health Institute is great source for educational materials on Adult Malnutrition.

Take advantage of the educational resources on recognizing, addressing and managing adult malnutrition.

The programs you'll find in their library support ANHI's commitment to science-based nutrition through continuing education.

Learn about their new, free, Certificate of Training in Adult Malnutrition.

Go to the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute

Nutrition Success Stories

In conjunction with the Patient Nutrition area of AMSN, we'd like to hear your account of how nutrition intervention improved your patient's outcome.

We hope you will give us the story so that we can share the evidence with your colleagues!

This category is open to ALL med-surg nurses worldwide!

Tell Us Your Nutrition Story!