Course 2: Patient Preferences for Care (13.027)

Discusses the use of advance directives to identify health care preferences.  Estimated time to complete this module:  60 minutes. Make sure to turn off pop-up blockers. 

Target Audience

Registered nurses (RN) and healthcare providers focusing on best practices in chronic disease management, case management, caregiver education and support, transitional care, and geriatric evaluation and management.

Learning Objectives

  • List three benefits of stating health care preferences in an advance directive.
  • Define "health care agent" and "living will."
  • Describe the process for creating an advance directive that is supported by state law. 
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Katie Buck, BA
With more than a decade of work experience in healthcare and healthcare operations management, Ms. Buck  served as Executive Director of SeniorBridge Baltimore and is now an Associate Care Manager with SeniorBridge. Prior to her position at SeniorBridge, Ms. Buck served in the Retirement and Assisted Living industry as the Mid-East Regional Operations Manager for a large senior living company and the Executive Director for a large Retirement and Assisted Living community in central Texas.
For eight years, Ms. Buck served as an accomplished Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in healthcare and public affairs for the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.  Her experience as a civilian and military licensed practical nurse covers many areas including Burn and Wound Care, Trauma, Oncology/Hematology, and OB/GYN. She also served at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Unit in San Antonio, TX, where her work with injured servicemen/women in 2004 was recognized by the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army. 
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington and  a Master's of Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore as a Clinical Nurse Leader.


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