Rachel Wolden

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Program Affiliation

Nurse Educator (NE)

First Advisor

Pat Parker


Advance Health Care Directives (AHCD) are important documents in place as a way for nurses to respect a patient's autonomy in all aspects of their care. When critical ailments or accidents happen, AHCDs can be an important tool to carry out patient wishes. An in-depth literary search was performed to determine the extent of nurse education received on advance directives. Analysis of a plethora of different scholarly articles from nursing students to veteran staff was reviewed. Beliefs, attitudes, and education were researched on AHCDs and comfortability in nursing. Discussion of the importance of advance directive education given to nurses will enhance the overall patient experience and carrying out their wishes. Discussion for medical care can be made early on in patient's lives, so if illness or accidents occur, AHCDs are already in place to guide the medical team and family. Ultimately, the main goal is to provide the patient the care they feel is necessary in their most difficult, health-related experiences.

Keywords: nursing education, advance directives, nursing, education, directives