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Advance Directives

Patients have the right to make decisions about their care. They have this right under the United States Constitution. They keep this right even when they are no longer able to communicate their decisions.

An advance directive is a legal document that helps protect this right.

This course will help you:

  • Protect patient rights related to advance directives.
  • Remain compliant with The Joint Commission standards on advance directives.

You will learn about:

  • Types of advance directives
  • When and how advance directives take effect
  • Your role in making sure that advance directives work

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List key features of advance directives that help to ensure a patient's care decisions are known.
  • Identify two types of advance directives that help to ensure a patient's care decisions are known.
  • Distinguish between advance directives and advance orders that can be used to ensure a patient's care decisions are known.
  • Identify the nurse's role in encouraging the use of advance directives to improve patient care.