To our nursing colleagues: This booklet on Advance Directives has been prepared by the MNA Center for Ethics and Human Rights. The purpose of this booklet is to assist nurses in understanding Advance Directives.
It is important that nurses know and accept the roles of facilitator, educator, monitor and advocate of advance directives for their patients. Although other health care professionals may be involved in advance directives, the omnipresent nurse is essential to their implementation. In order to execute this critical responsibility, nurses should fully understand the ethical and legal dimensions of advance directives, especially at the end of life.
Use this booklet as a guide as you advocate and protect the legal and moral rights of all patients to make their own healthcare and treatment decisions.