The nurse is caring for a client admitted to ICU following a heart attack. The nurse notes on the chart that the client has named his spouse to make decisions regarding his care if he is unable to speak for himself. What is the name of the document the client has signed? Fill in the blank.
(Correct response: Health care Power of Attorney)
A Health care Power of Attorney is the document that names a specific person to be in charge of making health care decisions for the client if he is unable to communicate. This differs from a living will, which states which treatments the client wants to have or does not want to have.