Patients have the right to make decisions about their care. They have this right under the U.S. 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 nurses protect patient rights related to advance directives and remain compliant with The Joint Commission standards on advance directives. Participants will learn about the types of advance directives, when and how advance directives take effect, and their role in making sure that advance directives work.