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Running head: END OF LIFE DECISIONS1End of Life DecisionsKatherine WilliamsCapella UniversityPolicy Law Ethics and RegulationsEnd of Life DecisionsNovember, 2018
END OF LIFE DECISIONS2End of Life DecisionWith our population living longer with chronic illnesses due to advances in medicine and what happens when we make the decision that we no longer have the quality of life that we once did and no longer chose to receive aggressive treatment for the illness? What laws and policies effect what choices we can make about end of life care when that time comes? These are questions we should ask of ourselves, so we are educated on our choices to make the decision that is best for us.The Role of the NurseThe nurse is the eternal advocator for the patient, during any situation. This is of great importance during the time of end of life decisions. The nurse assumes care of the entire family during this and all times to ensure that not only is the patient properly cared for, but that the family’s needs are met also. During care of a patient, the nurse is the healthcare provider who spends the most time with the patient, therefore, establishing the most trusting relationship with the patient. This time with the patient also enables the nurse to realize when the patient is no longer responding to treatment of a chronic illness and he/she can recognize that the patient is nolonger wanting to fight the fight any longer or wish to further incur medical bills that will be left for their family to pay. This established relationship lends itself for a gentle transition into end-of-life decision discussions with the patient and family (Adams, Bailey, Anderson & Docherty, 2011). The nurse is the individual who will coordinate care throughout the dying process. This includes pain & symptom management, assistance in making informed decisions, monitoring