Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Gretchen Brauer-Rieke, RN, MSN, presenting “Oregon’s POLST: What’s It All About?”
As one of the two main documents in Oregon that assist us in limiting end-of-life medical treatments, Oregon’s pink POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) is still confusing to many people.
This session will provide answers for your questions: What is the purpose of a POLST? Who should have a POLST? How is the POLST different from an Advance Directive? What do my loved ones need to understand about the POLST and end-of-life medical treatment decisions?
Gretchen Brauer-Rieke, RN, MSN, is a passionate advocate of end-of-life planning in advance of the health crisis that necessitates it. She previously worked for 23 years as a nurse-midwife, helping empower women to deliver their babies naturally (as opposed to a medically-managed procedure) and now has turned her attention to helping to empower people to plan for a natural approach to the end of life, minimizing the risk of unwanted medical treatment that compromises quality remaining lifetime. As a Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator, she offers workshops and consultation to help people with end-of-life planning through her educational service, CodaConversations.