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Additional CE Opportunity: Advance Care Directives

Posted over 1 year ago


My name is Hannah Murphy, and I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at North Dakota State University. As part of my doctoral degree requirements, I need to complete a project that improves healthcare. Working in the intensive care unit, I’ve been faced with several difficult situations when it comes to patient autonomy during end-of-life care. This has led to my interest in improving advance directive completion rates due to the rising patient population that are living with a chronic disease and who don’t have an advance directive. 

For my dissertation, I am conducting a research project to see if providing healthcare provider education on advance care planning and advance directives will improve advance care planning conversations and increase patient advance directive rates. It is my hope, that with this research, we will find a way to help improve healthcare providers’ perceived knowledge, confidence, and understanding in both initiating and facilitating advance care planning conversations, especially in the primary care setting.

I would appreciate your assistance in this practice improvement project. An opportunity to receive a free 1.0 CE credit will be provided to participants after completion of a one-hour education webinar posted on the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association (NDNPA) website ( Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey and test both before and after the webinar. Completion of the tests and surveys will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Completion of pre/post tests and surveys, as well as the one-hour education webinar, is required to receive 1.0 CE credit through the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

All questionnaires will be kept confidential. The questionnaires are anonymous and contain no personal identifying information. Participant information will be used to measure the effectiveness of providing advance care planning education to healthcare providers. In addition, the de-identified questionnaire results may be used in a future publication in a healthcare journal. 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact:

Adam Hohman ( or 701-231-8016).

If you have questions about the rights of human participants in research, or to report a problem, contact the North Dakota State University IRB Office by telephone at 701.231.8995 or toll-free at 855.800.6717, by e-mail at

Thank you for your time and assistance. 

Hannah Murphy, DNP-S
Adam Hohman, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC