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consultation, ethical standards, ethics, healthcare ethics committees



  1. McCarty, Catherine A.
  2. Barnes, Robert
  3. Thomas, Monica
  4. Sande, Jonathan
  5. Ouellette, Annette


ABSTRACT: 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.