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Donald D. Kautz

**Education:BSN - University of Northern Colorado--MSN - University of Kentucky--PhD - Nursing, University of Kentucky **Areas of Expertise: * Hope inspiring strategies * Promotion of family integrity * Sexual concerns of chronic illness and aging * NNN language * Clinical reasoning using the OPT Model

There are 32 included publications by Donald D. Kautz :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Applying Watson’s Caring Theory and Caritas Processes to Ease Life Transitions 2010 6372 This personal account of a transformed life illustrates how a clinical expert, confronted by major change, applied Watson’s (2008) caring theory and caritas processes to her life. Through sustained effort and reflections she acted and ultimately inte...
Beyond “Baby Blues”: Recognizing Postpartum Psychosis 2012 24 After childbirth, some women experience postpartum depression, and in most instances it subsides without treatment. In rare cases, however, women experience the sudden onset of psychotic symptoms following childbirth, a dangerous medical condition kn...
Beyond the Bridge 2013 30 Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) implanted for patients as destination therapy have been shown to improve quality of life and survival, improve functional status, and prolong survival in patients with end-stage heart failure.[1,2] The indicati...
Black Widow Spider Bite: A Case Study 2011 24 This article is a case study of a patient cared for in the hours before her death. After the patient's death, we learned the patient died of a black widow spider bite. This article sheds light on the potential seriousness of this venom and allows for...
A Caring Leadership Model for Nursing's Future 2011 6 This article describes the McDowell-Williams Caring Leadership Model that brings together the caring theory of Watson (2008) and the leadership theory of Kouzes and Posner (2007). This model provides institutional guidance for continuing the effectiv...
A Comfortable Place to Say Goodbye 2009 271 Bill had suffered severe trauma, the type of injury even a 46-year-old healthy man does not survive. A helicopter transferred Bill to tertiary trauma facility miles from his home. Nurses and physicians worked for hours to stabilize him. Throughout th...
Creative Ways to Teach Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation 2013 49 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 autho...
Endnotes: Laughing with Cathy 2010 166 My father Harry died recently at age 89. When he filled out the hospice forms and answered the question “How do you want to be remembered?” he wrote, “That I was a Christian and had a good sense of humor.” When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970...
Evaluation of the Outcome-Present State Test Model as a Way to Teach Clinical Reasoning 2008 3112 The Outcome-Present State Test (OPT) Model of Clinical Reasoning is a nursing process model designed to help students develop clinical reasoning skills. Although many nurse educators are using the OPT model as a teaching strategy, few are formally ev...
The Evidence for Listening and Teaching May Reside in Our Hearts 2010 306 Mrs. Logan has been treated with intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemotherapy, often called “shake and bake.” She was in the intermediate care unit on hemodialysis and was being weaned from the ventilator, and her cancer was complicated by shingles. Sta...
An Exemplar of the Use of NNN Language in Developing Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines 2008 628 PURPOSE. To explore the use of standardized language, NNN, in the development of evidence-based practice (EBP). DATA SOURCES. Published research and texts on family interventions, nursing diagnoses (NANDA-I), nursing interventions (NIC), and nursing...
God Doesn’t Treat His Children That Way: How To Care When Faith Interferes 2012 5 This article provides guidance for nurses when a person's faith is at odds with expected rehabilitation outcomes. This article explores how nurses can assist patients and their families who believe that the reason for the disability is that god is pu...
Great Rehabilitation Nurses Combine Art and Science to Create Magic 2011 11 I believe that rehabilitation nurses have the potential to create and experience “magic” every day in their practice. Some nurses might be offended by the word “magic” because they associate magic with being dark, secretive, or perhaps evil. The magi...
The Highest Priority in the Emergency Department May Be a Patient’s Spiritual Needs 2009 324 A weekend charge nurse in a 26-bed emergency department/level II trauma center is pulled in multiple directions. With alarms sounding, phones ringing, ambulances calling in, and the receptionist calling for help, it can be difficult to focus on the s...
Implementation and Testing of the OPT Model as a Teaching Strategy in an Undergraduate Nursing Course 2009 2359 To prepare nurses to use rapidly advancing technology, deal with complex change, and employ highlevel thinking and sound reasoning skills in today’s complex health care culture (Simpson & Courtney, 2002), critical thinking skills are needed. In fact,...
International Perspectives: Responding to Similarities and Differences Between Filipino and American Nurses 2009 441 Recruiting foreign nurses is one of the many strategies used in this country to decrease the nursing shortage.1 The Philippines is a world leader in preparing nurses for migration to the United States primarily because of the economic benefits and th...
Knowing the resident with dementia: Perspectives of caregivers in assisted living facilities 2007 475 This qualitative study describes the kinds of knowledge used by caregivers when caring for older adults with dementia residing in assisted living facilities. Five focus groups were conducted with a total of 23 caregivers from both small and large fac...
"Let's get moving: Let's get praising:" Promoting health and hope in an African American church 2009 645 Stroke and cardiovascular disease are major health problems for African Americans. This article describes challenges, strategies employed, and successes in implementing a combination "faith-based" and "faith- placed" health promotion program called ...
Lilly's Gift from Africa 2011 14 Many nurses travel overseas on American medical missions. On a recent trip to rural Africa, my 16-year-old daughter Lilly accompanied me, along with a physician, several other nurses, and others who wished to learn about the people and participate in...
NNN Language and Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Acute Cardiac Care: Retaining the Essence of Nursing. 2010 1320 Multidisciplinary management of the acute cardiac patient, for decades, has been driven by best practices, treatment algorithms, and research-based protocols. As nurses continue to develop and implement evidence-based care, they must ensure that the ...
Nurturing Nursing Students During Intensive Care Unit Clinical Practicum 2010 1495 Approximately one-third of new graduates will quit their jobs in the first year. When nurses leave, vacant positions result in increased overtime for the remaining staff, which eventually results in burnout. Burnout leads to even more turnover. This ...
Overcoming Low Health Literacy 2012 18 Low health literacy is so widespread among patients in outpatient settings, some authors have called it a silent epidemic.[1] Research continues to show that many patients don't understand the recommendations given to them by their healthcare provide...
Prayer at the Bedside 2012 5 This article is designed to assist nurses in providing prayer to patients from all faith traditions. Included are guidelines for conducting an assessment to determine the patient's prayer preferences, strategies for overcoming barriers to prayer, res...
Prevention of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Intensive Care Unit Patients 2012 28 The need for critical care and the experience of being treated in the intensive care unit may be a traumatic event with long-lasting psychological consequences for the patient and family. Research has identified patients who are at risk of developing...
Promoting Clinical Reasoning in Undergraduate Nursing Students: Application and Evaluation of the Outcome Present State Test (OPT) Model of Clinical Reasoning 2005 3336 Promoting clinical reasoning in undergraduate nursing students through application of the Outcome Present State Test (OPT) Model of Clinical Reasoning, is a challenge that can be successfully managed through effective teaching-learning strategies. Em...
Promoting the Self-Regulation of Clinical Reasoning Skills in Nursing Students 2009 918 Aim: The purpose of this paper is to describe the research surrounding the theories and models the authors united to describe the essential components of clinical reasoning in nursing practice education. The research was conducted with nursing studen...
Promotion of Family Integrity in the Acute Care Setting: A Review of the Literature 2007 1303 The acute illness of 1 family member can negatively affect all family members and lead to the disruption of family functioning and integrity. During the patient’s hospitalization, nurses are in a key position to support family members, maintain famil...
A Puddle of Happiness 2012 17 Many critical care nurses travel overseas on American medical missions. On a trip to rural Africa, my daughter Lilly, then 16, accompanied me. Much of our time was spent in a van as our group (which included a physician and several other nurses) was ...
Reading Children's Books to Awe and Inspire Nursing Students 2007 622 Reading illustrated children's books in the classroom to nursing students is 1 way to inspire students to be great nurses. After offering guidelines for the types of books to use and the courses books can be used in, the author describes the effects ...
Using NANDA, NIC, and NOC (NNN) Language for Clinical Reasoning With the Outcome-Present State-Test (OPT) Model 2006 5090 PURPOSE. To analyze the degree to which standardized nursing language was used by baccalaureate nursing students completing Outcome-Present State-Test (OPT) model worksheets in a clinical practicum. METHODS. A scoring instrument was developed and 10...
Using research to identify why nurses do not meet established sexuality nursing care standards 1990 1214 ALTHOUGH A main objective of quality assurance (QA) activities is to improve the nursing care given to patients. many QA activities focus on uncovering deficiencies rather than on developing strategies to assist nurses in meeting quality patient care...
When the Patient and Family Just Do Not Get It: Overcoming Low Health Literacy in Critical Care 2012 21 Low health literacy in patients and families has been called a silent epidemic. Although there is a great deal of literature to assist nurses to address health literacy problems, little has focused on overcoming low health literacy in critical care. ...