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Application of Clinical Ethics Consultation to the Hospital Chaplain's Role

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Application of Clinical Ethics Consultation to the Hospital Chaplain's Role
Esquivel, Lizbeth
Hospitals strive to provide the best care and services for patients and family members. Medical providers, nurses, and other staff members are all part of providing care and compassion to patients and family members, including hospital chaplains and clinical ethicists. Hospital chaplains and the clinical ethics team can collaborate further to aid and advocate for patients better. Some patients and/or family members can sometimes experience difficult and challenging ethical issues that never get addressed in a clinical ethics consultation. Both professional roles are equipped to be with patients during their most difficult times. This practicum-based thesis is focused on my experiences as a previous chaplain intern and as a current hospital chaplain associate. I argue that hospital chaplain patient visits can assist with knowing about ethical issues that patients, family members, or staff members encounter, which can be referred by the chaplain to a clinical ethics team for a consultation. A basic ethics education or training can equip hospital chaplains know how to handle and distinguish ethical situations and determine whether to refer it for a consultation or not. If hospital chaplains’ and clinical ethicists’ worked together then situations that merit a clinical ethics consultation can be addressed. Being able to seek ways to advocate and aid patients better provide patients and/or family members the space to voice their medical ethical concerns.
Clinical Ethics
Hospital Chaplaincy
Patient Advocacy
Patient Visitation
King, Nancy M.P. (advisor)
King, Nancy M.P. (committee member)
Jung, Kevin (committee member)
Stirewalt, F Keith (committee member)
2023-07-25T17:48:39Z (accessioned)
2023-07-25T17:48:39Z (available)
2023 (issued)
Bioethics (discipline)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/102254 (uri)
en (iso)
Wake Forest University

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