Healthcare ethics help guide and influence the way physicians, nurse, and other members of the healthcare team care for patients and make decisions. Ethics address the moral dilemmas that arise out of conflicts with duties or obligations as well as the consequences of decision-making. As healthcare has continued to grow and evolve, so has the way healthcare ethics are handled.
Nurses are uniquely positioned to serve as leaders in healthcare ethics because they are intricately involved in all aspects of patient care, including care coordination, recommendations for care plans, provision of life-sustaining interventions, and patient education.
The Nurse’s Healthcare Ethics Committee Handbook focuses on a nurse-led ethics consultative service. Authors Angeline Dewey and Andrea Holecek provide tools that nursing students, professionals, and administrators, and other members of the healthcare team need to develop infrastructure and process that support nurses in an ethics committee leadership role. Filled with real-life scenarios, this book outlines a step-by-step process for nurses to evaluate ethical cases and the risks involved.
About the Authors
Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, is Director of Education for Bayhealth Medical Center. She previously held the roles of clinical nurse specialist for the ICU and Neurosurgical ICU, clinical educator for Critical Care, and staff nurse and preceptor within her organization. Dewey has been an active member of the ethics committee at Bayhealth Medical Center since 2009 and currently holds the chairperson role.
Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, is Senior Director of Patient Care Services and Magnet Program Director at Bayhealth Medical Center, where she is focusing on building design, operational workflow mapping, and transitioning staff to a new health campus. Previously she was a nurse manager and clinical nurse specialist at Bayhealth Medical Center and adjunct clinical faculty at Delaware Technical and Community College. Presenter, author, and award winner, Holecek is also Past President of the former Delaware Nurse House Foundation.