After reading the attached articles, Effectiveness of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative on Practitioner Malnutrition Knowledge and Screening, Diagnosis, and Timeliness of Malnutrition-Related Care Provided to Older Adults to a Tertiary Care Facility: A Pilot Study and the supplemental article, The Malnutrition Screening Tool in Geriatric Rehabilitation: A Comparison of Validity When Completed by Health Professionals With and Without Malnutrition Screening Training Has Implications for Practice, please respond substantively to the following questions: Given that malnutrition is present in a significant amount of hospitalized patients, yet very few patients identified as high risk have a malnutrition diagnosis, what do you identify as being the gap(s) and what do you propose as solutions to this problem? The implementation of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) aimed to reduce the burden of hospital malnutrition. The article shares strategies for improving the process and delivery of care. What additional strategies can you, the nurse, and other healthcare providers, adopt to bring that level of care up? Under the article’s “Discussion” section was a reference to providers not having adequate nutrition knowledge and training, thus feeling unprepared to manage malnutrition (p. 105). How can you, the nurse, having had a course in nutrition, assist in the process of providing any training to your unit’s staff in improving knowledge about the nutrition screening process? What value do you see your work in screening for malnutrition having on improved patient outcomes, the organization’s excellence in providing compassionate care, and/or on improved communication between the disciplines?
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