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  1. McGinnis, Carol RN, MS, CNSN


The infusion therapy nurse often is in a position to intervene by assessing and helping to treat the nutritional status of the patients she or he serves. This article provides an overview of the nutritional assessment process. Tips are offered for estimating patient-specific nutritional needs. Basic components of parenteral nutrition solutions are highlighted, and general guidelines for initiating parenteral nutrition are included. A case study guides the reader through application of some principles offered in the article.