Ethics Committees: Team Perspectives and Organizational Responses

Catherine A. McCarty, Robert Barnes, Monica Thomas, Jonathan Sande, Annette Ouellette

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Healthcare ethics committees can be valuable resources but are largely underutilized by nurses. The purpose of this project was to review ethics concerns and educational needs of nurses in a large, integrated healthcare delivery system. Seven themes were identified: organizational issues, nonbeneficial care, withdrawing life-sustaining therapies, discharge disposition, challenging patients and families, communication with physicians, and capacity versus competence. A process was then developed to better engage nurses in ethical discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-184
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Christian nursing : a quarterly publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

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