Friday, January 17, 2014

Practitioner Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST): What You Need To Know

Recent legislation now allows individuals to indicate their preferences for life-sustaining treatment via the Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.  Learn about this important new document from Rita Truex, RN, MSN, of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 am at Bernardsville Public Library.  

The POLST form allows all health care providers to know and honor a patient's care preferences during serious and life-limiting illness.  It becomes part of the patient’s health record, and is an important step towards ensuring that his or her wishes are followed.  

Speaker Rita Truex, RN, BSN, is Manager of Staff Education at the VNA of Somerset Hills.  She has worked in home health and hospice for 13 years.  As a staff educator, she frequently speaks about regulatory and clinical issues, including end of life care and hospice philosophy.

This program is part of the library’s on-going CARES (Community Assistance Resource & Educational Services) series. There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested.  Register online at and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up. 

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