Navigating Ethics in Real World Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Practice (224)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturday, October 30

Ethical challenges are inherent in pediatric hematology/oncology. Nurses experience these challenging situations on a daily basis as they help patients and their families through life-changing situations. These situations often are more difficult to navigate than clinical care.

Examples of some of the ethical issues nurse encounter include working with surrogate decision-makers; gaining consent to participate in research; working through values conflicts, differences in treatment perspectives, and refusal of treatment; balancing benefits and burdens of treatment; resolving conflicts between medical teams; and managing end-of-life care decisions. Thinking about how we deal with these issues and provide care to our patients and families keeps us up at night and can lead to moral distress and burnout. Just as we practice clinical skills in a simulation environment, taking the opportunity to practice communication, difficult conversations, and how to work through these ethical challenges helps nurses apply knowledge and gain comfort in dealing with these issues. This interactive session will provide participants with practical strategies, useful tools, and the opportunity for hands on experience in working through an ethics consult. Participants will identify the ethical issues, clarify the values of the stakeholders, and facilitate a recommendation, giving them a greater understanding of ethical challenges in daily practice. Participants will learn how to use and apply the Code of Ethics for Nursing in caring for children with cancer and blood disorders. Through the application of preventative ethics, participants will gain a better understanding of how to use these tools in daily practice to mitigate moral distress.