AMSN Nutrition Resources

The Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) knows nutrition is an area that has significant impact on hospitalized patient outcomes and medical-surgical nurses are in a key position to help deliver effective nutrition care.

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

MedSurg Matters!MedSurg Matters!

MedSurg Matters! is the official member newsletter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). It contains peer-reviewed clinical articles as well as news relevant to AMSN membership, and is distributed six times a year as a benefit of membership.

Nutrition Articles

Beginning with the March/April 2013 issue, MedSurg Matters! has a new column: "Nutrition to Improve Outcomes." This is also available here for all viewers to view and/or download. Members may always login to view the columns in the MedSurg Matters! archive.






MEDSURG Nursing is the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). It is a refereed journal that provides clinicians with multidisciplinary information they need to provide evidence-based, clinically excellent patient care to enhance their nursing practice.

Nutrition Articles

AMSN Convention SessionsAMSN 21st Annual Convention

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2014 Convention Sessions

2013 Convention Sessions

Improve Patient Outcomes by Identifying and Addressing Malnutrition Through a Multi-disciplinary Approach

News Stories/Articles

  • Nurses needed: Identifying malnutrition in hospitalized older adults - AMSN Clinical Representative to the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRN has co-authored another helpful article. This article, published in May 2016, reviews the importance of assessment and evidence-based nursing interventions for improving the outcomes of elderly patients in acute care.
  1. Beth Quatrara, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CMSRNUp to 60% of older hospitalized patients are malnourished. Age related conditions and medical comorbidities are contributing to the rise in malnutrition in the elderly in the community and the hospital.
  2. Identifying malnutrition readily upon hospital admission is the key to prompt intervention. Using a valid/reliable tool to assess for malnutrition is no longer mandated by the Joint Commission as a stand alone item because it is assumed as a integral component of the full patient assessment upon admission.
  3. Weight and albumin/prealbumin are not reliable indicators of malnutrition. Malnutrition is diagnosed if two or more of the following 6 criteria are met: insufficient energy intake, weight loss, loss of muscle mass, loss of subcutaneous fat, localized or generalized fluid accumulation, and diminished functional status.
  4. "NPO after midnight" for surgical procedures is not supported by the evidence. Nurses can help to reduce malnutrition by decreasing the length of NPO times.
  5. Malnutrition is associated with poor clinical outcomes including increased readmission rates, longer lengths of stay and adverse effects on nurse sensitive quality indicators.
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  • March is National Nutrition Month® - NNM is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information. Find out about it!
  • The Impact of Hospital Malnutrition is Costly - Do you know how malnutrition in hospitalized patients increases medical complications, complications that are nursing sensitive indicators? Review and share the information on this infographic, and discuss ways to improve nutrition care with your colleagues.
  • Be Your Patients' Nutrition Advocate - Can you describe the clinical characteristics of malnutrition in hospitalized patients? Share the information on this infographic and discuss ways to improve nutrition care with your colleagues.
  • Alliance Nutrition Care Model and Toolkit - Alliance Malnutrition in hospitalized patients has a domino effect on such areas as complications and delayed recovery. View/share this infographic, to your nurse colleagues so they can learn about their important role in improving patient nutrition.
  • Alleviating Hospital-based Malnutrition: A Baseline Progress Report - from the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition
  • Op-Ed: Is Nutrition the First Step in Addressing Hospital Readmissions? - A fresh look at how nutrition is being prescribed in the hospital may yield a simple solution, leading to both decreased hospital costs and improved patient care.

(Source: U.S. News and World Report, by Robert Miller, March 18, 2014)

Other Nutrition Resources

  • Dietary Guidelines - The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years.