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Helping Your Patients Prepare for the Future with Advance Directives (CE)

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.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  • List key features of advance directives that help to ensure a patient's care decisions are known
  • List 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