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POLST

POLST

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Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Honoring Patient Treatment Wishes at the End of Life

This course, designed for home nurses, provides general instruction on the POLST form. Through a self-guided PowerPoint presentation and a video, participants gain an understanding of the form’s rationale and the context for its use. These topics will be presented in contrast to Advanced Directives to distinguish between the two forms. In addition to learning the specific details and requirements of the POLST form, participants will also learn how to effectively initiate and hold end of life discussions with patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale of the POLST form
  • Know when and how to appropriately use the form
  • Distinguish between POLST forms and advanced directives
  • Understand appropriate framing for POLST conversations

Expected Outcomes

  • Initiate and hold effective POLST discussions with patients
  • Complete a POLST form thoroughly and accurately

Audience

  • Forbes Hospice Home Nurses