- Authors: Kurt Boeykens and Ann Van Hecke.
- Title: Advanced practice nursing: Nutrition Nurse Specialist role and function.
- Publication: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN.
- Internet Site: Web.
- Date of publication: August 2018.
- Volume or issue: Volume 26.
This academic paper is dedicated to identifying the conceptual and ontological place of the Nutrition Nurse Specialist, also referred to as the Nutrition Support Nurse, in the field of nursing and the healthcare industry. Boeykens and Van Hecke (2018) begin their investigation with a discussion and definition of the position of Advanced Practice Nursing and end with a summary of the industry competencies inherent in the profession of Nutrition Support Nurse. In terms of its function, their work is a summation and an introduction to the area of nutrition nursing for the respective professional beginners.
I consider the scholarly article by Boeykens and Van Hecke a practical one. It provides one with a concise yet crucial piece of information about the nature and roles of the Nutrition Nurse Specialist position, their impact on the health care professional field, the required educational background, and the essential goals they must follow (Boeykens & Van Hecke, 2018). A similar structure of goal setting and research can be found in a short study by Chaos et al. (2022). However, these studies’ essences differ because the paper by Boeykens & Van Hecke is descriptive and that by Chao et al. is explorative. This group of academics is also concerned with the things that make up the job of a Nutrition Support Nurse.
The main question that this article has engendered in my mind while reading is a strange selection of organizations to search for and identify related competencies. Why such a small sample of only three organizations, and why is it not diverse, given that nursing is being discussed from an international perspective? Such a small and indistinct sample size can be considered a disadvantage of this academic paper, as well as its overall superficiality and unexplained limitations of their writing. These are strange oversights, especially considering that highly qualified Belgian nursing experts carried out this study (Boeykens & Van Hecke, 2018). The strong elements of the reviewed article are the visible and basic study design, over 40 supporting sources used, the absence of bias, and the sheer specificity of the data.
Boeykens, K., & Van Hecke, A. (2018). Advanced practice nursing: Nutrition nurse specialist role and function. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, 26, 72-76.
Chao, A. M., Zhou, Y., Wei, X., Wisdom-Goulbourne, T., Dowd, M., & Compher, C. (2022). Nutrition education in primary care adult and family nurse practitioner programs. Nurse Educator, 47(1), 47-50. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000001050