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May 5, 2021 - 33rd Annual WVNEC Symposium - The Latest in Ethics Consultation and Advance Care Planning:  National Perspectives

In the past few years, our understanding of and approach to healthcare ethics consultation and advance care planning have changed. This year’s annual symposium of the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees’ will feature two national experts who will present updates on how we can apply current best practices to both. 

This program will be a half-day virtual symposium.

Registration is closed for this program.

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WVNEC Noon Webinars

June 16, 2021 - Moral Distress:  The ICU Team was Divided Over the Right Thing to Do for John

Moral distress is a well-recognized phenomenon among all healthcare professions. It has been described as having five key components: complicity and wrongdoing, lack of voice, wrongdoing associated with professional values, repeated experiences, and three levels of root causes (patient, unit, and system). Health care professionals report moral distress when they feel pressured to act unethically in a particular situation. Moral distress has been associated with secondary traumatic stress, burnout, intention to leave a position, and depressive symptoms. For all these reasons, it is important to attend to moral distress in healthcare professionals and to develop approaches to lessen it.

In the WVNEC Noon June Webinar, “Moral Distress: The ICU Team was Divided over the Right Thing to Do for John,” an interdisciplinary panel of participants in WVNEC will analyze a case in which a 32-year-old lawyer with Huntington Disease attempted to take his own life. This case prompted moral distress in the physicians and nurses caring for him and resulted in a request for an ethics consultation.

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For more information on these programs, call Linda McMillen at 1-304-293-7618.