POLST Basics for Medical Social Workers

Learn the specifics of the POLST form and simple tips to have this difficult conversation with patients and families.

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Are you completely comfortable having POLST conversations? I know I wasn't for a long time!

For me it was, how do I even bring up the conversation?

Over the past 5 years in hospice and palliative care I have had hundreds of these conversations and was able to overcome my fears of the topic and help others make these important life and death decisions.

Join me as I discuss the basics of the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). We will cover each of the 4 sections, explain the difference between POLST and DPOA, and give tips on how to start the conversation with patients and families in a more empathetic and genuine way.


What this Training covers:

  1. Understand what the POLST is and what each section means for the patient and family.
  2. Explain the difference between a POLST and DPOA and why patients need both.
  3. Walk away with new tips to approach this conversation in a more natural way with new patients and families.


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Be ready to approach these life and death conversations with confidence and with more tools in your therapeutic toolkit. This is everything I wish I had as a new Medical Social Worker.

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Fun Facts...

100% of those surveyed would recommend this course to others

100% of those surveyed feel very confident or extremely confident in having this conversation after watching this course.

Here's what others have said...


“Now I can walk in confident and actually know what to say!”


"I absolutely had so many takeaways and you were dropping gold in my notes with how you would respond to a patient and your techniques to work from the bottom up. I interned at a hospital and…My supervisor at the time wanted me to wing it.... so THANK YOU for this training."

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