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Supporting Family Caregivers: Teaching Essential Skills to Family Caregivers

Nigolian, Cynthia J. MSN, GCNS-BC; Miller, Karin L. MSW, LICSW

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 11 - pp 52-58
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000407303.23092.c3
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Nurses can use 'teachable moments' to help the transition from hospital to home care.

Editor's note: This is part two of a three-part series, Supporting Family Caregivers, in collaboration with the AARP Foundation and funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation. The series is part of an initiative, Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings, and builds on the work addressed in AJN's September 2008 State of the Science report, "Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregivers" (available at Each article in the series has an accompanying video; the second video can be accessed at

Keywords: caregiver, communication, cultural competency, discharge planning, family caregiver, family-centered nursing, health care literacy, patient-centered nursing, patient education

Cynthia J. Nigolian is the clinical administrator of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program at the New York University School of Nursing in New York City. Karin L. Miller is a geriatric social worker at the Mercer Island Senior Health Center, a department of Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA. Contact author: Cynthia J. Nigolian, The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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