Nutrition for Nurses: Healthy Eating and Shiftwork
Choosing the right foods may make all the difference to being healthy when working variable or long shifts. Simple, practical ways to improve nutrition intakes for health will be discussed.
This prerecorded webinar will highlight how shiftwork affects a person’s metabolism as well as how eating patterns may positively counterbalance this change in metabolism. Individuals doing shiftwork may see an increase insulin resistance, an increase in inflammation, and have a greater chance of being overweight or obese. The good news is that nutrition may be able to help mitigate these negative metabolic outcomes of shiftwork. Choosing the right foods may make all the difference to being healthy when working variable or long shifts. Simple, practical ways to improve nutrition intakes for health will be discussed. At the end of the webinar, the participant will have a better understanding of the positive impact nutrition may have on the health of a person doing shiftwork.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Analyze how shiftwork may impact normal metabolism and how this increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
- Summarize key nutrients that may help to combat the metabolic effects of shiftwork.
- Appraise strategies for healthy eating when doing shiftwork.
Denise Reed, MS, RD, LD is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dietetics at Ashland University. As part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, she teaches courses focusing on nutrition and disease for students studying dietetics, nursing, athletic training, and exercise science. Prior to working in academia, Professor Reed was a clinical nutrition manager and critical care dietitian for many years at a Level 2 trauma hospital. Reed remains active in many professional organizations, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Reed feels that providing nutrition education within the community is a great way to give back to others, so she frequently takes part in local health programs, sharing her nutrition expertise such as working with a chef doing healthy cooking demonstrations or speaking to a local cancer survivor fitness program. Reed continues to work in clinical dietetics in addition to her academic responsibilities, and values the opportunity to provide practical nutrition education to professionals, students, and members of her community.