Upcoming First Steps ACP Facilitator Certification

A minimum attendance of 4, maximum attendance of 21.

    • Date: November 25;
      Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM;
      Location: VIRTUALLY through Sanford Hospital, Bismarck;
      Entity providing the training: Sanford Health;
      Fee: $250;
      Registration Deadline: November 10, 2020;
      Registration Brochure for agenda, course objectives, instructors, paper registration, and payment method details.
      For more information, contact: Mija Knudson-Hoge, acp.bismarck@sanfordhealth.org or (701) 323-1227

 

Upcoming POLST Events

Upcoming North Dakota POLST Awareness, Education, and Implementation

Upcoming Polst Events

This presentation is held monthly on the following dates and times:

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  • Thursday, October 15 – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November, 11 – 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, December. 9 – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 13 – Noon
  • Wednesday, February 10 – Noon
  • Wednesday, March 10 – 2:00 pm

This session has been approved for one contact hour by the North Dakota Board of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, North Dakota Department of Health – EMS Division, and the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.

Presented by

  • Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN® North Dakota POLST Program Coordinator
  • Sara Schwarz, MA, Cancer Survivorship Program Coordinator

Objectives

  • Describe how POLST conversations impact POLST form completion.
  • Identify what the role of the nurse is in completing the North Dakota POLST form.
  • Explain the process of implementing POLST where you work.

Who should attend

Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, and EMS.

What you will gain from attending

  • Acquire new skills, competencies, and best practices regarding POLST.
  • Learn about best practices and scripting for patients with serious and life threatening illnesses.
  • Enhance your awareness and education about POLST in North Dakota.

Learn more about North Dakota POLST

POLST Conversations and Implementation

Join a free Zoom session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into your organization. Sessions will be held once monthly through September. Attendance will be limited to 10 people per session, so get registered right away!

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Who Should Attend?

This training is intended for advanced practice nurses, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and emergency medical services personnel. It is approved for one contact hour by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Why Should I Attend?

  • Acquire new skills, competencies, and best practices regarding POLST.
  • Learn about best practices and scripting for patients with serious and life threatening illnesses.
  • Enhance your awareness and education about POLST in North Dakota.

Objectives

  • Describe how POLST conversations impact POLST form completion.
  • Identify what the role of the nurse is in completing the North Dakota POLST form.
  • Explain the process of implementing POLST where you work.

Dates & Times

Times are listed in Central time.

  • Wednesday, September 9
    10:00 – 11:00 am or 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Presenters

  • Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN®
    Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Sara Schwarz, MA
    Chaplain & ACP Lead at Sanford Health Bismarck

For More Information

Learn more about POLST or contact Nancy Joyner at nancy.joyner@honoringchoicesnd.org.

Sponsored By

Pearls of POST

The Pearls of Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST): Translating Patient Decisions into Treatment Orders
Since the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm began in 1991, POLST has become utilized throughout the United States. POLST includes the national POLST Paradigm as well as state and regional programs and their specific POLST orders. Yet many nurses may not have received the education needed for POLST implementation. This article seeks to honor individual preferences through advance care planning (ACP) by providing an understanding of POLST, which documents individual treatment wishes as medical orders. In the article the authors discuss advance care planning, advance directives, changes in patient status, and the inception and description of POLST. They distinguish POLST from DNR orders, compare POLST to advance directives, and describe the roles of registered and advanced practice nurses. Additionally, they consider studies that have endorsed the POLST paradigm, and share POLST paradigm pearls as well as possible paradigm pitfalls.

North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force

The North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force is committed to improving the quality of life of those facing serious health conditions by promoting patient-centered palliative care and improving access to services. Although it is one of the fastest growing trends in healthcare, palliative care is often misunderstood. The task is set up to develop educational opportunities for providers, patients, and community members to help them clearly understand palliative care and the benefits it offers. The task force aims to increase awareness and utilization throughout the state of North Dakota to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

Honoring Choices North Dakota Promotes National Healthcare Decisions Day

Honoring Choices North Dakota® (HCND) is pleased to present an initiative to increase awareness about the importance of advance care planning. The goal of Before I Die ND is to encourage conversation and help participants reflect on how we manage death and dying by providing space and opportunities to discuss end-of-life issues. The initiative includes public presentations, poster exhibits, digital dialogue and more! The initiative is linked to National Health Care Decisions Day, which encourages adults to make end-of-life wishes known through advance care planning.

We are pleased to share some personal stories of individuals and their thoughts on Advance Care Planning: