Advance Care Planning

Debra L. Wiegand and Katherine A. Hinderer

in Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780190204747
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190204761 | DOI:
Advance Care Planning

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Advance care planning is essential to assure that palliative and end of life care is based on a patient’s wishes. It provides an opportunity for individuals to contemplate what is important to them at the end of life. Advanced practice registered nurses are in a unique position to initiate, facilitate, and support patients and their families with the advance care planning process. Patients may be reluctant to initiate the discussion on their own but welcome it when the palliative care nurse initiates the discussion. This chapter discusses such topics as healthcare decision-making, advance directives, living wills, durable powers of attorney, surrogate decision-making, as well as the important role the advanced practice registered nurse is positioned to play.

Chapter.  4847 words. 

Subjects: Pain Medicine ; Nursing

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