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Nursing Essay

Nursing Essay

Description

This paper will have three parts addressing two important pieces of legislation related to the right of individuals to make health care decisions for themselves. Locate a copy of an advanced directive (AD) that complies with the laws of the state in which you work, download your state’s Advance Directives here:

http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289.Links to an external site.

Part I: The Advance Health Care Directive 

Identify where you obtained the AD and explain its compliance with state law. (Flortida)

Conduct research (1-2 sources) to learn more about the AD in your state and explain how it works.   

Discuss how easy or difficult it was to complete the AD. Your comments should be specific and both objective and subjective. 

For example: when you state your personal feelings, you must relate them to the literature that discusses this process and the difficulties that many people face when completing an advance directive.

(Cite/ reference any sources you use to explore these questions, including your texts.)

Part II: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form

  1. What is a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form Links to an external site.?
  2. When should this form be completed?
  3. Who can complete the form?

Who needs to sign the form to make it a legal document?

Part III: Tie the two first sections together by writing a Summary and Conclusion.

This section should address:

1. the differences between an Advance Health Care Directive and the POLST,

2. the RN’s important role in assuring the patient’s right to autonomy in choosing the healthcare interventions the patient does or does not want.