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LPN Role in Bringing a Personal Directive into Effect

Document Type: Interpretive Document
Last Updated: December 18, 2020
Approver: Executive


A personal directive enables individuals to name someone they trust to make personal decisions for them if they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own personal decisions. Healthcare professionals, including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may be asked to complete a capacity assessment to establish if a personal directive should be in effect. Guides LPNs involved in the care of a patient with a personal directive and clarifies the role of LPNs in bringing a personal directive into effect.