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New Sigma book provides tools to support nurses in ethics committee leadership roles

Authors present guidance for building a nurse-led committee around ethics-based practices in healthcare

INDIANAPOLIS – As healthcare practices continue to evolve, the treatment of ethics in medical settings changes as well. While it has always been critical for healthcare teams to behave according to ethics-based practices to achieve positive patient outcomes, in today’s healthcare environment, the RN is
poised to provide this valuable ethical consultative service in the acute care setting.

The Nurse’s Healthcare Ethics Committee Handbook: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, and Development of a Nurse-Led Ethics Committee introduces the tools necessary for RNs to evaluate ethical situations, develop consultative skills for ethical cases, and create infrastructure and processes that support nurses in an ethics committee leadership role. Authors Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN and Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, provide a road map for nurse-driven ethics consultative services to be developed all around the country.

“Nurses are perfectly suited for guiding ethical decisions in the healthcare arena because of their close ties with patients and families throughout the care process,” Dewey said. “After all, nurses remain the most trusted profession in America. They are involved in all aspects of patient care, including care coordination, plans of care, providing life-sustaining interventions, and overall patient education. It’s just a matter of training healthcare staff and administration about the processes needed to set these committees up for success.”

Published by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), this is the first book written with the intent of building a nurse-led healthcare ethics committee. This one-of-a-kind handbook is filled with real-life scenarios and contains step-by-step processes for nurses to evaluate ethical cases, consider the risks involved, and make the best decisions for their patients.

The book is available at http://www.SigmaMarketplace.org/SigmaBooks.

About the authors
Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, is Director of Education for Bayhealth Medical Center.

Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, is Senior Director of Patient Care Services and Magnet® Program Director at Bayhealth Medical Center.

The Nurse’s Healthcare Ethics Committee Handbook: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, and Development of a Nurse-Led Ethics Committee
Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN; Andrea Holecek, EdD, MSN, MBA, RN, NE-BC, FACHE
Published by Sigma, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781945157554
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157561
PDF ISBN: 9781945157578
MOBI ISBN: 9781945157585
Price: US $39.95
Soft cover, 224 pages
Trim size: 6x9

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The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at www.SigmaNursing.org.



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