Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, nurse practitioners and physician assistants—under the direction of a physician and within their scope of practice—will be authorized to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders under AB 637.
Watch this free webinar and learn about the new law, changes to the existing POLST form, and key elements of the POLST conversation.
Joanne Hatchett, MSN, RN, FNP, ACHPN
Joanne has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Woodland Clinic Medical Group since 1995, caring for adult and geriatric patients in the clinic, acute care, and skilled nursing facilities. Since 2004, she has been the Palliative Care Coordinator for Woodland Memorial Hospital and developed the Bridge Program for Palliative and Supportive Care serving patients throughout Yolo County. She has coordinated the Yolo POLST Coalition since 2007. Joanne has been the lead developer of the California POLST Education Program. Joanne is a strong advocate for Advance Care Planning and patient and family education. She has collaborated and developed many educational tools for patients.
Joanne graduated from San Francisco State University with a BSN in 1978. She received both her MSN as a Cardiopulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1983, and a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s certification in 1995 from the University of California, San Francisco.
Steven Johnson, PA-C
Mr. Johnson has been a member of the clinical staff of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine Departments for 34 years.
He was a Governor’s appointee to the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Committee. He is coauthor of the Geriatric Medicine chapter in the text; Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice. He served on the American Academy of Physician Assistants Professional Practice Counsel and is currently the President of the Society of Physician Assistants Caring for the Elderly. He represents the California Academy of Physician Assistants on the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California.