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


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