Nutritional factors are therefore one of the biggest parameters which needs constant research and assessment, as it varies with the geographical distribution and food habits of the individuals, in addition, it requires co-operation of the staff, patient and his associates. This study focuses on the importance of nutrition in the wound healing process and the attitude of nurses in Irish hospitals towards this important issue. The literature review showed that patients perceive their nurses to be caring and responsive when they are tender and compassionate towards them. However, no direct relation has as yet been established between nutrition planning and length of hospital stay, in terms of impact that nutrition planning has on the health outcome of the patients. The need for post operative care in the case of wound healing has been fully established through the literature review. It is manifested that the level of care that a patient receives determines the prospects of recovery.' It is therefore essential for nurses to understand this aspect of patient care, especially in the case of nurses' attitude towards wound healing and nutrition for the patient undergone surgery. It is imperative to understand that nursing practice is not only confined to the development of congenial nurse-patient relationship but should also have an in-depth understanding of nutritional requirement of the patient in the hospital. It gives an impact on the psychology of the patient and helps the patient to confide on nurse, building a confidence and trust in nurse's practice. This trust in turn helps in sooner recovery of patients from the ailments. It is very imperative to justify nutritional screening in hospitalized population as under nutrition in this segment of population is the matter of much concern because of its relation to morbidity and mortality. If this is the case of older or aged individual it becomes more complex, because biological progression accompanied by several socioeconomic issues has a great impact on nutritional status. Aging decreases food intake because of physiological decline in appetite followed by weight loss, anorexia and chronic or acute diseases, poor dental health, altered sense of smell and taste, achlorhydria and reduced physical activities. All these factors cause accumulation of fat and thin body mass. The condition becomes more devastating when the elderly group is facing poverty, isolation, depression, dementia, poor visual perspicacity. The present research proposal is based on the exploration of nurse's attitude to the importance of nutrition in wound healing in hospitalized individuals. The study encompasses the survey and information gathered from the Irish hospitals.
Wounds or trauma involving musculoskeletal injuries are devastating and impair routine work. This brings loss of skeletal muscle mass and realistic abilities. It is uninvited and is the outcome of physical inactivity. Immobility mediates protein catabolism under the condition of catastrophic measures such as severe illness or wound, (Brillon, 1995). Whatsoever be the etiologic reason, the