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.