Advance Directives

Advance Directives 

Advance directives are legal documents with instructions that apply if an adult is not able to make decisions about their own healthcare. They are meant to ensure that a person’s values related to dying, quality of life, and other relevant considerations are honored. It’s important for everyone to have a basic understanding of what advance directives are and when they are applied so personal wishes can be observed at the end of life.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (8 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.

This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619276

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals


This program is approved for 0.50 hours by the Dietary Managers Association. Approval code 162981.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Licensed Home Health (LHH), Licensed and Certified Home Health (L&CHH), Personal Assistance Services (PAS), Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 0.5000 contact hours.

Florida Assisted Living - General Training


59A-36.011 Staff Training Requirements. Location: Online

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-ADVDIR
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the most common types of advance directives and find out if a person has made them.
Explain how advance directives can improve quality of life even at the end of life.
Anticipate cultural and other issues that can impact end of life planning.


Section 1. Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: What are Advanced Directives?

A. Advance Directives

B. Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA)

C. Know Your State Laws

D. Common Types of Advance Directives

E. Living Will

F. Living Wills: The Law

G. Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

H. When Does a POA Apply?

I. Psychiatric Advance Directives

J. Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order


L. Organ Donation Directives

M. Review

Section 3: Making Advance Directives

A. Earlier is Better

B. Hard Conversations

C. Cultural Competence

D. Review E. Education

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Congratulations

Instructor: Kelly J. Ace, Ph.D.
Kelly J. Ace, holds a Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychology, a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, and a law degree. She is licensed in Pennsylvania as both an attorney and professional counselor. She oversees the clinical, abuse prevention education, and treatment programs at Family Support Line, a nonprofit advancing the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse. She also teaches psychology courses at Delaware County Community College. Disclosure: Kelly J. Ace, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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