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Michigan Nurses For Life began independently in the hearts of two nurses in the Metro Detroit area in the fall of 1995. One was a LPN; the other was a RN.

Both called the Educational Center For Life in Oakland County to see if there was such a group already in existence. Both were aware there was a National Association of Prolife Nurses, but wanted to be involved in something local. The answer was “no”, but they were given each other's phone number.

After that meeting and a great deal of work, which included developing the purpose, structure, marketing plan, and activities for the organization, MNFL emerged as a vibrant organization.

After a number of phone conversations, the two planned to meet one rainy fall evening in 1995, at a local restaurant. Another nurse, who was a member of a local prolife nursing group that dissolved in the late 1980's, joined them.

Michigan Nurses For Life has now grown to a membership of over 200 health care professionals. Each year an Educational Conference is held and Contact Hours are offered. A great deal has been accomplished, but there is so much more to be done! 

Co-Founders MNFL 1995

Jackie BlackwoodMary Lou Temple

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROLIFE NURSES SCHOLARSHIP

NAPN LogoThe 2015 National Association of Prolife Nurses’ scholarship application is available on their website at www.nursesforlife.org. Any student currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing in the fall, winter or spring of the 2014-2015 school year, including full or part time, is eligible to participate.


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Dear Colleague,

Here is something new to consider.

POLST—MORE ALPHABAET SOUP

Much of medicine today seems to be broken down into a series of letters, each representing a disease, treatment, test or prognosis. We have CBCs, CHF, COPD, PRN, HCG, and on and on.

One of the newest set of letters we now encounter is POLST. The letters themselves stand for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. That sounds beneficial, but a closer examination of the letters shows an unexpected explanation.

A POLST is document filled with the responses to a series of questions regarding treatment. The questions are generally asked of a patient by a “facilitator” about their treatment wishes. The patient’s signature or that of a witness IS NOT REQUIRED AND IS OFTEN NOT SOUGHT.

After the questions are asked and recorded, the document is presented to a physician or other designated health care professional for his/her signature. This is not necessarily the patient’s own physician, or any health care professional known to the patient. The document is then placed in the patient’s record, frequently as the first document seen when the record is accessed. The POLST follows the patient to an extended care facility and even to his/her own home where emergency medical technicians must follow the directives.

Many POLST questions subtly slant toward non-treatment and refusal of life-sustaining treatment. Filling out a POLST document may render the agent a person names as his/her Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care powerless.

The dangers inherent in the POLST are clear. If the patient does not sign the document there is no way to know for sure that the information given is what the patient wants. The issue of informed consent becomes quite “fuzzy” if the patient does not sign that he/she had really been informed. Patients are frequently asked to answer questions about health care when seriously ill and vulnerable. If the document is attached to the patient’s records and he or she recovers from the initial illness, it remains in effect until voided. The next health care episode may have a whole different set of needs or the patient may have changed his/her mind about the original answers and yet the original answers stay in effect.

  • A POLST is not about ensuring that a patient’s medical wishes are honored.

  • A POLST is not needed for treatment to be provided.

  • A POLST is presented at a very vulnerable time and little time is provided for thoughtful consideration. This hardly constitutes informed consent

A prudent course of action is to be sure that a person executes a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, name an agent to implement the DOAHC if he/she cannot and to decline to answer questions or fill out a POLST.

For more information on end of life issues, please visit
www.prolifehealthcare.org.

Love Life!

Diane

   Diane Trombley
Diane Trombley , RN, BSN
President, MNFL

 
 
 
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