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NAHC Joins National Initiative Asking Nurses to Lead by Example to Promote Advance Care Planning

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 7:33 PM

The NAHC has joined with numerous nursing organizations representing more than 700,000 nurses, to promote the importance of advance care planning.  This initiative encourages all nurses to lead by example by developing their own advance care plan.

“Advance care planning (ACP) is a process for patients and their families to discuss their wishes and goals of care for treatment and end-of-life care, clarify related values and goals, and state preferences through written documents and medical orders (Institute of Medicine). In situations where a patient’s decision-making capacity is limited, healthcare providers turn to family members to make decisions. When there have been no ACP conversations between the patient and family, family members are left to make decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment without input from the patient or with little knowledge of the patient’s wishes.”

Since nurses spend more time talking to patients then many other healthcare professionals, they are the ideal caretaker to start the conversation with their patients.  They can draw on their own experience of planning and encourage their patients to do the same.

Source: NAHC Report

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