October 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 10
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Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:41
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2011, Volume 111, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy presents the highlights of the October 2011 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, which debuts a three part series on supporting family caregivers which will run through the end of the year. Each article has an accompanying video. There are two CE articles: one is original research, a systematic review of practices and provider and patient attitudes around deactivation of implantable cardiac defibrillators at the end of life, and the other is an article reviewing the evidence and calling for the abandonment of outdated preoperative fasting practices. Other articles include clinical features examining treatment options for patients with kidney failure and medication calculations, a column examining the ethical issues that may arise when best practices may not be so for particular patients, plus News, Drug Watch, Reflections, and more. There’s also podcasts with authors Levine (the family caregiving article), Russo (original research piece), and Crenshaw (preoperative fasting CE piece).
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:00
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2011, Volume 111, Issue 10;
Drawing upon her own experience when she suddenly found herself in the role of a caregiver and through her work with other family caregivers, Carol Levine became acutely aware that few caregivers really get what they need to prepare them for their roles as caregivers. In this first article in the series, she discusses with AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy how she became involved in working with caregivers and the importance of assessing the caregiver’s needs from the caregiver’s point of view. Also, see the accompanying video.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 20:07
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2011, Volume 111, Issue 10;
Editor-in-chief, Shawn Kennedy interviews Jeannette Crenshaw about her work exploring the evidence for NOT supporting NPO After Midnight as a routine preoperative practice. She explains that it’s not just about allowing clear fluids because it’s safe, but “because it’s safer.” European physician and nursing societies all endorse recommendations for allowing carbohydrate-rich clear liquids – as well as other clear liquids – two to three hours before surgery, so why does U.S. practice lag behind?
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:54
AJN The American Journal of Nursing October 2011, Volume 111, Issue 10;
AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy talks with the author about the scant research available and suggests ways to open discussions around this sensitive issue.

Creator: AJN
Duration: 32:34
This video is part one of a three-part series, Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings, and funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation through the AARP Foundation. Because caregiving for seriously and chronically ill people carries well-known physical, emotional, and financial risks, with consequences for the patient as well as the caregiver, it’s important to assess and address a family caregiver’s needs, strengths, and limitations. This video (which has an accompanying article in the October 2011 issue) showcases how a nurse and social worker collaborated to assess the needs of a caregiver as she prepares to assume care of her husband.
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