This session will describe the elements of a robust ethics program, analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of ethics committees and ethics consultation in long-term care. It will discuss the role and qualities of an ethics leader, how an ethics committee is structured, its values, its functions, the competencies of its members, stages of the consultation process, qualifications of consultants and the importance of documentation to foster an ethical environment and culture that supports ethical practices and addresses ethical issues in resident care and ensures staff are supported to adhere to high ethical standards.
· Identify the elements of a robust ethics program.
· Evaluate the effectiveness of ethics committees in long-term care.
· Evaluate the effectiveness of ethics consultation in long-term care.
About the Speaker:
Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, PhD
Senior Director of Ethics, Catholic Health Association
Father Thomas has taught medical ethics for over 28 years and has been an ethical consultant to Catholic hospitals for over 25 years. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has taught in several schools in the U.S. and also in Melbourne, Australia; Harare, Zimbabwe and Singapore. He has also been a board member of the Center of Compassionate Care of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and of the journal Human Development. He served as an ethical consultant for the CMSM/LCWR Task Force on Health Care for Religious. He has published many articles on health care ethics and has recently edited two volumes on Cardinal Bernardin's consistent ethic of life.