Ok after reading and responding to this
thread I had some questions.
1). So if a patient of sound mind with their physician and family knowledge can make themselves DNR. How come when they aren't able to speak for themselves any longer because of a code etc how come family can then change their minds and go against this patient's wishes? I can see if family/DPOA chose the DNR to then change later... I'm just not sure WHY its ethically ok to go against their wishes?
2) What is it us nurses can do about this? Seriously there is enough of us we all see it day in and day out some patient who has a living will is DNR and family and docs go against it when a code happens even though patient made the decision themselves of sound mind. Surely there has to be SOMETHING we can do to better advocate for our patients.