The use of nutrition as a basis of health and disease prevention has grown to include concepts related to daily food patterns and caloric intake across the lifespan a nurses role in managing clients with nutritional deficiencies involves assisting the clients in learning about the importance of nutritious food. In addition to laws about the ingestion of foods or drinks the practice of fasting or severely restricting intake of food and or drink became prevalent and is still practiced by many religions today. Consider nutrition status as an essential attribute of medical assessment monitoring and care plans develop procedures to provide patients with meals at off times if patient was not available or under a restricted diet at the time of meal delivery processes must be put into place to ensure that appropriate nutrition . An individuals diet is the sum of food and drink that he or she habitually consumes dieting is the practice of attempting to achieve or maintain a certain weight through diet peoples dietary choices are often affected by a variety of factors including ethical and religious beliefs clinical need or a desire to control weight. A nurse notices a food on a patients tray and is not sure if the food is allowed on the patients diet an appropriate action for the nurse to take would be to check the a nutrition care plan
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