Discussing Advanced Directives

1. Discuss the laws in your state related to the nurse practitioner’s (NP) role and responsibility in creating and signing ADs. Indicate if the NP can independently complete AD documents or a physician is required to sign or cosign the documents.
2. Consider clients you’ve encountered in practicum (or in your practice as a registered nurse). Identify at least ONE client who may have benefited from a referral to hospice or palliative care. Indicate why this client would have benefited from these services. Describe how as an NP you might approach the conversation with the client.
3. Discuss at least TWO recommendations you have for improving palliative and hospice care access to vulnerable and underserved populations in your community.