Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds--Grappling with Guardianship: Ethical Dilemmas

This November, Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds will be presented by Kate Mewhinney, JD, clinical professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and managing attorney of The Elder Law Clinic in Winston-­Salem, NC.

When Nov 05, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where MacNider Hall 321
Contact Name
Contact Phone 919-843-4737
Attendees All are welcome to attend this session.
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How does guardianship both demonstrate our respect for persons and complicate their care?  What considerations arise when a patient has a guardian? When is obtaining guardianship for a patient proper? Join us for a discussion of these issues and others, using illustrative actual case examples. We'll explore the legal process to replace the individual’s decision-making power with a court-appointed guardian and the times when seeking guardianship may be appropriate, such as when patients lack capacity to comprehend medical choices and make decisions, and when there is conflict among surrogate decision-makers.

Jointly sponsored by the UNC Center for Bioethics and the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee, Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds offers an innovative and interactive forum for engaging with ethical, legal and policy issues of particular salience to patient care within the hospital. This series may fulfill requirements towards continuing ethics education in nursing*, social work, and other departments and divisions. There are no commercial support or conflicts of interest to report. Education credits require attendance and completion of the evaluation.

*UNC Health Care Nursing Practice and Professional Development, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.