Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Joseph Burkard, DNSc, CRNA
According to expert reports and recent research, frequent clinician-patient conversations about individual end-of-life preferences are necessary to avoid unwanted treatment and to ensure that desired treatments are received. The ongoing diffusion of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) educational initiatives in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are vital to success of California’s POLST program, which is now recognized as only 1 of 3 mature POLST programs in the country. The purpose of this evidence-based practice project was to answer the question: Among staff in a skilled nursing facility, does implementing a formal POLST education program compared to current practice improve staff knowledge, comfort level and documentation of the POLST form? A pre- and post-education questionnaire was used. Results indicated a POLST education program significantly improved staff knowledge and promoted much-needed awareness of underutilized POLST educational resources (retrieved from the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, www.caPOLST.org), available for SNF residents, families, practitioners and staff. As a result, these efforts provide higher quality end-of-life decision making which is essential with future uploading of these order forms into an electronic POLST registry (SB 19: e-POLST Registry Pilot) to be stored during nursing facility resident’s care transitions.
Digital USD Citation
Hazley, Ryan BSN, RN, DNP Student; Steinberg, Karl MD, CMD; and Burkard, Joseph DNSc, CRNA, "Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Utilization in a Skilled Nursing Facility: An Educational Quality Initiative" (2017). Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscripts. 46.