Recognising and managing malnutrition in older people

CPD articles and learning modules for nurses on recognising malnutrition in older people, malnutrition screening tools like MUST and nutritional care plans.

CPD articles and learning modules for nurses on malnutrition in older people

RCNi has brought together a selection of some of our most recent resources to enable registered nurses, student nurses and nursing associates provide tailored person-centred care for older people.

Among the resources is a free two-hour CPD accredited webinar chaired by Nursing Standard senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett on how nurses can identify and address malnutrition through a robust nutrition care process.  Watch the webinar on-demand at a time that suits you, and log this as two hours participatory CPD in your RCNi Revalidation Portfolio.

Our CPD articles are also ideal for revalidation, including one by webinar speaker and BAPEN education officer Anne Holdoway, and another from our Nursing Older People specialist nursing journal on improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes. 

The RCNi Learning modules listed here are RCN accredited with a CPD certificate on completion. They are ideal for student nurses and post-registration online learning, and can also be logged as CPD in your revalidation portfolio.

Free RCNi CPD WebinarFree CPD Webinar: A Nurses’ Guide to Individualised Nutritional Care in Practice

A Nurse's Guide to Individualised Nutritional Care in Practice

This practical and interactive webinar covers the malnutrition pathway, from screening and assessment to management and the referral process. Worth two hours participatory CPD, this free webinar will help nurses identify and address malnutrition through a robust nutrition care plan.

Watch it on demand

RCNi Learning modules

Improving nutrition for older people in acute settingsImproving nutrition for older people in acute settings

This learning module explores why older people in hospital can be at high risk of becoming malnourished and the effect hospital admission can have on their nutrition and fluid intake.

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Managing malnutrition in patients (and residents) with dementiaManaging malnutrition in patients (and residents) with dementia

This learning module is aimed at familiarising nurses with the issues associated with providing good nutritional care for a patient with dementia in hospital.

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Open Access - Nutritional support for patients with cancer: from screening to prehabilitation

Open Access - Nutritional support for patients with cancer: from screening to prehabilitation

This learning module explores the importance of nutritional support for patients with cancer as part of their assessment and treatment plan.

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Parenteral nutrition: indications, risks and nursing care

Parenteral nutrition: indications, risks and nursing care

This learning module is aimed at enhancing nurses’ understanding of parenteral nutrition and how it differs from oral or enteral nutrition, indications for its use and the potential risks involved.

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Understanding and interpreting nutrition information on food labels

Understanding and interpreting nutrition information on food labels

This learning module explores the importance of nutritional support for patients with cancer as part of their assessment and treatment plan.

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CPD articles

Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with dementia in care homes

Open Access - Improving nutrition and hydration in older people with
dementia in care homes

By professor of nutrition at the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre, Bournemouth University, Jane Murphy.

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Identifying and managing patients with disease-related malnutrition in primary careIdentifying and managing patients with disease-related malnutrition
in primary care

By consultant dietitian, BAPEN education officer and UK Managing Adult Malnutrition in the Community panel chair Anne Holdoway.

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Other resourcesMalnutrition: how to spot early signs of unplanned weight loss or gain in older people

Malnutrition: how to spot early signs of unplanned weight loss or gain
in older people

Nurses and social care staff are ideally placed to identify those who are struggling and help them regain their independence, health and confidence.

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Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool: how to use it in practiceMalnutrition Universal Screening Tool: how to use it in practice

The five-step resource to identify issues and develop a care plan for patients with malnutrition. Find out how to use it and its potential limitations.

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Optimising protein intake in older people to maintain their musculo-skeletal healthOptimising protein intake in older people to maintain their
musculo-skeletal health

Identify strategies you could use in your practice to optimise older people’s protein intake and physical activity levels.

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Dysphagia assessment and treatment: a guide for nursesDysphagia assessment and treatment: a guide for nurses

How to identify eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, often associated with stroke, head and neck cancers and neurological conditions, and provide support.

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