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Champions discussed their unit practices in regards to making Health Care Proxy phone numbers readily available. Champions also shared practices on their unit for patients with no Health Care Proxy, reminders were put in the Handoff tab for follow up versus leaving the "required documentation" unclicked in order to remind clinicians.
EICPC selects one book to read annually that includes content with has ethical implications for practice. This year the group chose Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor by Dr. James J. O’Connell, one of the founding physicians for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (BHCH) program in 1985. Through the use of the narrative, Dr. O’Connell exquisitely captures the plight of the homeless in their attempts to survive social isolation, socioeconomic deprivation, a wide variety of medical co-morbidities, and rejection. The concept of social justice was discussed in relationship to how frequently homeless persons are ostracized by society and often do not have access to needed services such as food, clothing, housing, and healthcare.
For the SAFER Fair, champions focused on the issues facing our most vulnerable populations including the homeless, persons with disabilities, non-English speakers, elders and veterans.
Maintain the EICPC EED portal page to insure that this resource supports the educational needs of committee champions, MGH staff, and the public.
Educate clinical staff concerning current ethical issues that impact practice and available ethical resources
Encourage committee champions to voice questions and concerns regarding ethical challenges in practice.
Create opportunities for professional growth, development, and participation for committee champions.
Integrate an Evidence Based Practice framework when considering ethical issues and challenges facing clinicians.
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ETHICS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE OVERVIEW
The Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice (EICP) Committee is a multidisciplinary committee, which was formed to develop and implement activities and programs to further clinicians’ understanding of ethical aspects of patient care. The work of this committee involves identifying strategies to integrate ethical judgment into professional practice and consultation at unit and organizational levels related to ethical issues in patient care. return to top
- Design and implement activities and programs to support the development of staff in Patient Care Services in the area of health care ethics.
- Promote culturally competent care and staff education.
- Employ strategies to educate EICP champions the area of health care ethics.
- Student outreach.
- Identify and address ethical issues and conflicts faced by clinicians in Patient Care Services.
- Provide consultation to the organization regarding policies, procedures and programs with ethical implications.
- Expand the impact of EICP through collaboration with other Collaborative Governance Committees, links with the organizational initiatives, and professional conference participation.
- Engage in joint projects with other Collaborative Governance committees.
- Align the work of the committee with PCS strategic goals. return to top
- All Patient Care Services professional staff are eligible to apply during the annual application process.
- Annually, committee leaders recommend applicants to the Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse based upon the committee’s needs.
- Applications are occasionally accepted from professional staff outside of PCS and will be recommended based upon the needs of the committee.
- Committee meetings and events are open to the PCS community. return to top