Advance care planning

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Having a conversation with a patient or client about end of their life or advanced care planning needs careful consideration. Learn more about how to initiate these discussions and where to find additional resources and guidance.


Available to RCN members

Who is this resource for?

This resource is aimed at nurses and nursing support workers across all settings and levels of practice, including students of health, social work and care professions.

What will this resource give me?

  • the importance of discussing someone’s wishes when approaching the end of life
  • types of advance care planning, such as a will and Lasting Power or Attorney
  • advice on writing an Advance Decision and where to find downloadable forms
  • decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • DNR guidance (advance decision made by medical staff not to attempt CPR)
  • how to make personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency.

Resource last reviewed

25 Apr 2024

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