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“Who Ya Gonna Call?” When Your Patients Can’t Decide by Themselves
In daily clinical practice, care decisions must be made even when patients lack capacity to independently provide informed consent and shared decision-making. If the patient has not named someone to speak for them, it can become a challenge to know how best to proceed. This presentation will explore various complexities of surrogate decision making and propose strategies for honoring patient values and goals when alternate decision makers are needed.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, learners should be able to:
- Describe three ways to determine the most appropriate surrogate decision maker for a patient lacking capacity.
- Identify challenges a surrogate may face in making decisions on behalf of a patient.
- Name one ethical standard guiding surrogate decision making.
- Discuss two approaches to help surrogate decision makers perform their role well.

This talk is part of our quarterly, professional development series: “Unpacking Bedside Bioethics”. This virtual series is delivered by core & affiliate faculty of the Center for Bioethics at the U of MN Twin Cities. Speakers introduce foundational bioethics concepts, identify ethical dilemmas in clinical cases, & demonstrate how to apply bioethical frameworks to resolve those dilemmas.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, chaplains, social workers & other clinical support to attend. Health professions students are also encouraged to attend.

Upon request, Zoom attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance to apply for Continuing Education Units for their respective professions. We are not able to offer CEUs directly to attendees. Please note, you must attend a minimum of 75% of the talk to receive a certificate.

Each talk will be recorded & posted with our other event recordings. Certificates of Attendance will not be given for watching the recording - only for those attending the zoom session.

Nov 8, 2022 12:15 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Joan Henriksen, PhD, RN, HEC-C
Senior Clinical Ethicist @Allina Health
Dr. Henriksen serves as the Clinical Ethicist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She started her career as a registered nurse in pediatric cardiology then earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Ethics) from the University of Iowa. She has worked in clinical ethics since 2007 and currently spends most of her time responding to bedside ethics consultation requests and providing ethics education to clinicians and medical learners. Her scholarship focuses on ethics consultation practice, preventing ethical crises with proactive approaches, and clinician moral distress. Outside of work, you can find Joan following the many activities of her two teenage sons and enjoying the outdoors, hiking, and house projects.