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Nurse facilitates workshop at Carroll Hospital Center ethics conference

Monday August 27, 2012
Pictured from left to right are Anita Tarzian, RN, program coordinator at the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network; chaplain Angela Boggs, manager of the spiritual care department at Carroll Hospital Center; Diane Hoffman, MHECN executive director and law professor at the University of Maryland Law School; Lucia D. Wocial, RN; and Kevin Smothers, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical and quality officer at Carroll Hospital Center.
Pictured from left to right are Anita Tarzian, RN, program coordinator at the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network; chaplain Angela Boggs, manager of the spiritual care department at Carroll Hospital Center; Diane Hoffman, MHECN executive director and law professor at the University of Maryland Law School; Lucia D. Wocial, RN; and Kevin Smothers, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical and quality officer at Carroll Hospital Center.
(Photo courtesy of Carroll Hospital Center)
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Healthcare professionals from across the state involved in ethics consultations with patients gathered at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md., for its first ethics conference on June 13.

Cosponsored with the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network and the University of Maryland Law School, the conference was organized to educate attendees on effective communication techniques for ethics consultations in the healthcare industry. According to a news release, about 60 people attended, including ethicists, physicians, nurses, case managers and chaplains from various Maryland hospitals.

Lucia D. Wocial, RN, PhD, nurse ethicist at Indiana University Health Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, facilitated a hands-on workshop called "Navigating Communication Landmines in Ethics Consultation" that had attendees practice communication strategies and skills designed to prevent costly and difficult ethical dilemmas with patients and families. Participants also dramatized an ethics consultation case study, enabling everyone to critique the consultation and practice the skills Wocial taught.


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