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Nursing Webinar Series:
The Role of the Nurse in Advance Directives

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Date and Time: October 18, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET (Live)

Location: Online at

Speaker Name and Title:
Betty Hilleman, MBA, MSN, RN, CHPN
Palliative Care RN Specialist
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Background: Having an advanced directive has been linked to cost savings (Medicare dollars) at end-of-life, a lower likelihood of dying in a hospital where most do not prefer, and higher usage of hospice care and better quality of dying for patients and their families.

Purpose: The goal of this webinar is to gain an introductory understanding of the social changes that have occurred since the enactment of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) in 1991, specifically the advance directive. This webinar will provide an introduction to major efforts leading the field of palliative care to improve the quality of advance care planning discussions and the completion of advance directives.


  1. Discuss the prevalence and significance of having an advance care planning discussion and completion of an advance directive
  2. Recognize the barriers and facilitators to conducting advance care planning discussions and completing an advance directive
  3. Describe resources and strategies for improving advance care planning discussions and completing an advance directive for patients and families and professionals
  4. Review common situations in which nurses can identify barriers and facilitate discussions and completion of advance directives

Target Audience: Nursing administrators and managers, nurses, and healthcare coaches

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Nurses:  MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Individual:  $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)
Group:  $95 (includes unlimited CME/CE certificates)

Note to Groups:
If you plan to attend as a group, the group facilitator should register for the webinar. After registering, group facilitators will receive detailed email instructions on how to process CE credits for group attendees. Please email or call (212) 649-5500 with additional questions.

Attending by Smartphone:
No dial-in (i.e., listen only) connections are permitted for CE credit. To attend by phone, download and install the GoToWebinar App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:

Betty Hilleman, MBA, MSN, RN, CHPN, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Faculty and Planner, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA