Donald D Kautz

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

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Publications (56)17.45 Total impact

  • Binta Diallo · Donald D. Kautz

    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
  • Erica Jordahl · Yolanda M. Hyde · Donald D. Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: Giving family members the option of being present during resuscitation has been shown to be beneficial for both family and staff. However, only a small percentage of intensive care units have policies promoting family-witnessed resuscitation. This article reviews current research showing the benefits of family-witnessed resuscitation, outlines how to successfully integrate a family facilitator during resuscitation, and includes research that has been effective in changing the prevailing attitudes of staff. The authors also argue for the resuscitation team to practice ethical and cultural humility when involving family members so that all resuscitation efforts are a success, whether the patient lives or dies.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
  • Jordan R. Atkins · Donald D. Kautz

    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Nursing Critical Care
  • Patricia Brenner · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: Elective laparoscopic cholecystectomies are common outpatient surgical procedures. After briefly discussing cholecystectomy and its indications, best practices in phase I, phase II, and phase III recovery are discussed. Typical pharmaceutical regimens for controlling pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting are summarized. By implementing best practices, nurses can prevent and recognize complications. The criteria for discharge, extended recovery, and inpatient admission are discussed, along with the required patient discharge teaching using the teach-back technique, as well as patient and family teaching needs in the immediate postoperative period. Nurses can optimize the patient's surgical experience and promote safety by implementing best practices in all phases of recovery from laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Copyright © 2015 AORN, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · AORN journal
  • Haley Wilmoth · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: Death is common in the intensive care unit. Some patients are surrounded by family; others, with only nurses and physicians by their side. This article describes the experience of a critical care nurse caring for a patient in his last hours and in the hours after his death. These extraordinary measures left her with a sense of peace and pride in being an intensive care unit nurse.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Dimensions of critical care nursing: DCCN
  • Sheri McVay · Donald D Kautz

    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Journal of perianesthesia nursing: official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses / American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
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    ABSTRACT: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) may be the most preventable cause of death for infants 0 to 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first published safe sleep recommendations for parents and healthcare professionals in 1992. In 1994, new guidelines were published and they became known as the "Back to Sleep" campaign. After this, a noticeable decline occurred in infant deaths from SIDS. However, this number seems to have plateaued with no continuing significant improvements in infant deaths. The objective of this review was to determine whether nurses provide a safe sleep environment for infants in the hospital setting. Research studies that dealt with nursing behaviors and nursing knowledge in the hospital setting were included in the review. A search was conducted of Google Scholar, CINAHL, PubMed, and Cochrane, using the key words "NICU," "newborn," "SIDS," "safe sleep environment," "nurse," "education," "supine sleep," "prone sleep," "safe sleep," "special care nursery," "hospital policy for safe sleep," "research," "premature," "knowledge," "practice," "health care professionals," and "parents." The review included research reports on nursing knowledge and behaviors as well as parental knowledge obtained through education and role modeling of nursing staff. Only research studies were included to ensure that our analysis was based on rigorous research-based findings. Several international studies were included because they mirrored findings noted in the United States. All studies were published between 1999 and 2012. Healthcare professionals and parents were included in the studies. They were primarily self-report surveys, designed to determine what nurses, other healthcare professionals, and parents knew or had been taught about SIDS. Integrative review. Thirteen of the 16 studies included in the review found that some nurses and some mothers continued to use nonsupine positioning. Four of the 16 studies discussed nursing knowledge and noncompliance with AAP safe sleep recommendations. Eleven of the 16 studies found that some nurses were recommending incorrect sleep positions to mothers. Five of the 16 studies noted that some nurses and mothers gave fear of aspiration as the reason they chose to use a nonsupine sleep position. In the majority of the studies, the information was self-reported, which could impact the validity of the findings. Also, the studies used convenience sampling, which makes study findings difficult to generalize. The research indicates that there has been a plateau in safe sleeping practices in the hospital setting. Some infants continue to be placed in positions that increase the risk for SIDS. The research also shows that some nurses are not following the 2011 AAP recommendations for a safe sleep environment. Clearly, nurses need additional education on SIDS prevention and the safe sleep environment, and additional measures need to be adopted to ensure that all nurses and all families understand the research supporting the AAP recommendation that supine sleep is best. Further work is needed to promote evidence-based practice among healthcare professionals and families.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Advances in Neonatal Care
  • Binta Diallo · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: By 2040, there will be 70 million people older than 65 years in the United States. Approximately 50% have pain on a daily basis, and research shows that their pain is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Nurses have an obligation to provide state-of-the-art care and advocate for vulnerable older adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). Untreated pain can complicate an ICU stay and delay discharge. This article briefly reviews difficulties in managing pain in ICU patients, suggests creative methods to properly assess pain, and discusses approaches for encouraging elders in ICU to manage their pain effectively.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2014 · Dimensions of critical care nursing: DCCN
  • Jordan R Atkins · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: Bed rest has detrimental consequences, and therefore in the ICU, progressive early mobility should be the goal for every patient expected to survive. This article examines the consequences of immobility, barriers experienced when attempting to increase patients' mobility, and ways in which dedicated mobility teams can overcome these barriers.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · Dimensions of critical care nursing: DCCN
  • Yolanda M Hyde · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: This clinical article explores how Street, Gordon, and Millay's framework of evidence-based communication strategies of information-giving and partnership-building can be used by rehabilitation nurses and other rehabilitation team members in their practice to help patients with health promotion. This clinical article gives practical suggestions for using the information-giving strategies of control, description, instructions, options, outlook, rationale, recommendations, and risks; and the partnership-building strategies of agreement, decision-making, questions, and requests to assist patients. Combined with the teach-back method, these strategies have been shown to increase the likelihood that patients will lose weight, adopt a regular exercise program, and bring chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes under control, which is also likely to increase patients' functional ability and independence. These strategies can be used by rehabilitation nurses and all members of the rehabilitation team in acute, sub-acute, out-patient, and in-home rehabilitation programs.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Rehabilitation nursing: the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Anita S Tesh · Yolanda M Hyde · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes learning strategies used with RN to BSN students in their 1st nursing course to successfully learn how to write formal papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) format. This 1st nursing course, a writing intensive, requires 4 short papers with self, peer, and teacher critiques and opportunities to rewrite. Students learn the style of professional nursing discourse, mastery of APA format, and development of additional skills in following directions and in critiquing their own work. An additional benefit is to enhance learning about professional nursing topics. By mastering writing skills in this initial course, students are able to successfully complete writing assignments in future courses and, in some cases, move on to publication.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Nurse educator
  • Krystal Privette · Donald D. Kautz

    No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · Nursing Critical Care
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    ABSTRACT: The depth and breadth of pathophysiology content, foundational for nursing practice, is well suited for traditional lecture delivery. Use of creative strategies can deepen students' understanding while respecting students' diverse talents and ways of learning. The authors discuss strategies they used, including case studies, questions asked during lecture using immediate feedback technology, creative visual demonstrations, group pathophysiologic theory projects, short videos, and games, to enhance students' understanding and retention of content.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Nurse educator
  • Abdu A Said · Donald D Kautz

    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Nursing
  • Yolanda M Hyde · Donald D Kautz · Marian Jordan
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes a family who could not agree to withdraw life support from a ventilator-dependent woman who was unresponsive and whose death was inevitable. Evidence-based recommendations are given and resources identified to assist critical care nurses to facilitate discussions among family members who disagree about end-of-life care and to help nurses discuss end-of-life orders, address cultural issues, manage family conflict, assist families to make decisions, and act with moral courage and ethical humility when supporting families and each other during withdrawal of life support.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · Dimensions of critical care nursing: DCCN
  • Wanda Williamson · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reports on the perceived effectiveness of a program to increase awareness of the health risks of obesity among African-American students. Thirty (n = 30) senior level Bachelor of Science in Nursing students attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) took a knowledge test, then participated in an hour-long educational session on obesity. Following the session, the students completed a 10-item post-test to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in increasing awareness of obesity as a risk for heart disease and diabetes. The findings suggested a need to further educate African-American students on the consequences of obesity as well as recommendations to advance the science of personal and family risk awareness in nursing students.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · The ABNF journal: official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc
  • Lashonda Barnette · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: There are many creative ways to teach arterial blood gas interpretation. This article illustrates the use of the stepwise approach, tables, figures, case studies, illustrations, computer-based learning modules, and the tic-tac-toe approach. The authors recommend making several approaches available so students and new critical care nurses can choose the ones that work best for them.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · Dimensions of critical care nursing: DCCN
  • Berkley M Carter · Beth Barba · Donald D Kautz
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    ABSTRACT: Research shows culturally tailored education can lead to significant improvements in self-care in African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Practical recommendations are provided for medical-surgical nurses to implement culturally tailored education in their patient care.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · Medsurg nursing: official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
  • Susannah Johnson · Donald D. Kautz

    No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Nursing Critical Care
  • Lilly Kautz · Donald D. Kautz

    No preview · Article · Sep 2012 · Nursing Critical Care

Publication Stats

223 Citations
17.45 Total Impact Points


  • 2007-2015
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
      • School of Nursing
      Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
  • 2010
    • Midwestern University
      Glendale, Arizona, United States
  • 2009
    • Wake Forest University
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
    • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
      Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
  • 2008
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      North Carolina, United States
  • 2006
    • Greensboro College
      Greensboro, North Carolina, United States