Bethesda Hospital Conference Series: Understanding Florida Advance Directives

Boynton Beach, FL US
May 29, 2024

Hybrid Conference | 1 Cat. 1
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 | 12 - 1:00 p.m.
Bethesda Hospital East, Gulfstream Room / Zoom

Bethesda Hospital’s lecture on Understanding Florida Advance Directives will highlight the benefits of advance directives in the hospital setting and educate healthcare workers about appropriate decision-making regarding withdrawing and withholding life-prolonging procedures.

Target Audience

Physicians, Emergency Department Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Chaplains, Pharmacists, Medical Students, Registered Dietitians and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss legislative intent and purpose.
  • Define key terms, including advance directive, living will, surrogate, proxy, durable power of attorney, life-prolonging procedures, capacity, incapacity, informed consent, terminal, end stage and persistent vegetative state.
  • Distinguish between surrogate, proxy and durable power of attorney, including the sources of authority and how and when each are appointed or designated.
  • Distinguish between durable power of attorney and power of attorney and circumstances that allow attorneys-in-fact to serve as healthcare decision makers for the principles.
  • Discuss requirements for initiating substituted decision making.
  • Explain medical evaluation and documentation requirements for determining the patient’s condition and capacity.
  • Explain medical evaluation and documentation requirements and procedure for withdrawing and withholding life-prolonging procedures.
  • Review special requirements for professional social workers serving as a proxy.
  • Discuss the role of pastoral care and the Ethics Committee in the context of advance directives and withdrawing and withholding life-prolonging procedures.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/29/2024 - 12:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/29/2024 - 1:00pm EDT
Bethesda Hospital East - Gulfstream Room / Zoom
2815 S Seacrest Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
United States


Peggy Benenati, J.D., MSN
Risk Manager & Patient Safety Officer
Risk Management
Baptist Health Bethesda Hospital East
Boynton Beach, Florida

Disclosures And Resolution Of Conflict Of Interest

Peggy Benenati, J.D., MSN, faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Keith J. Foster, M.D., conference director of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose

Others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies.*

*Ineligible companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for a total of 1 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-1201942, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 1 credit for Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dietitians, Pharmacists and Techs and Respiratory Therapists. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts CEs accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCB for further guidelines.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Dietitians
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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