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Local Critical Care Nurses to Sponsor National Healthcare Decisions Day

Portland, Maine – The Southern Maine Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), along with other national, state, and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Southern Maine Chapter AACN, joined by Amanda L. Carr, RN, BSN from Changing the Face of Dying, is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Maine state laws.

Specifically, on April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the public is welcome at the Portland Public Library throughout the day to explore free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms. All-day activities include: assistance with questions about advanced care directives & how to complete them; informational booths to browse options & services in health care planning; and speakers on topics such as Legal Issues in Advanced Healthcare Planning, Green Funeral Options, End of Life Advocacy in the HealthCare Setting, and Cultural Considerations Regarding End-of-Life Planning and Care. Light refreshments will be provided.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, many more people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Amanda L. Carr, RN, BSN from Changing the Face of Dying. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nhdd.org

Media Contact: Amanda L. Carr, RN, BSN, Changing the Face of Dying amanda@changingthefaceofdying.com or (207)318-5993.