Ethics Committees Are Formed To Help Hospital And Medical

1699 WordsMay 19, 20177 Pages
Ethics Committees are formed to help hospital and medical personnel resolve ethical issues that arise in their facility. The committee members are a mix of hospital personnel, including physicians, nurses, administration, social work, chaplains and others. These professionals work together to assure quality patient care in their facility. To achieve their goal the members must work together with open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision making. I will discuss three points related to the ethics committee, 1) the development, structure, importance and goals of the ethics committee; 2) the importance of intra-professional collaboration, including the role of the nurses; and 3) present the structure, organization and role of an…show more content…
481). The structure of an Ethics committee includes members and a chairman or chairmen. The membership size of the Ethics committee can vary and the size might reflect that of the institution it works through. It is important to the success of the committee that its membership be multidisciplinary. These providers could be physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains, legal representatives and others who work in the institution. In an article by McCabe (2015) “there has been a movement to include patients as the community members. The inclusion of this group of individuals adds the patient voice to the discussion and keeps the committee focused on a patient-centered approach to its work” (p. 481). In this mix, it is certain that that there will be an assortment of ethical views to draw from. According to an article by Caitlin (2014) “a well-functioning ethics committee has no hierarchy and all members have equal voice” (p. 400). She also states, “ethics committee functions follow standards set by the professional organization for ethicists, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). Guidelines for consultations are delineated in the ASBH Manual for Core Competencies” (p. 398). Although clinicians have always faced complex ethical decisions, the need for
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