May 8 2017

Celebrating National Nurses Week – Time to Do Our Part


Officially, the definition of nursing is the “protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering;  through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.”

Unofficially, nurses are the glue that hold everything together in a crisis. They are also the first to see the positive impact on patients when they have taken the time to document their priorities in advance of an accident. Many nurses are big proponents of digital advance care planning and are leading by example by creating their own advance care plans.

We were flattered when Wisconsin nurse Kim von Asten went a step further and told her community to avoid using out-of-date paper directives and, instead, use our award-winning platform at MyDirectives.

“After misplacing my paper copy, I created a digital directive at an innovative online platform at [It] was simple to complete, and now I can update it as needed. It is always available online.”

What better way to protect and promote health and promote healing and alleviating suffering than pre-planning and assuring that your wishes are followed through an advance care plan?

We believe having a conversation and creating a great quality plan are the first two steps.  Next, we need to let our loved ones know about our healthcare agents, our wishes and how to make sure doctors and nurses can access our plan in a health crisis to deliver better care, even if we cannot communicate. MyDirectives® and MyDirectives MOBILE™ available on iPhone, help make this possible for everyone, for free.

While we celebrate nurses Kim on National Nurses Week, let’s do something to help them do their jobs better in a crisis by making our own digital advance care plans.

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