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Brain Death: A Foundational Yet Emotional Ethical Concept

Brain death is a fundamental ethical topic that is complex and often fraught with emotion. As ethics committees are faced with considerations involving brain death, these cases are often those that stick with professionals the most. Our lead contributor in this episode Becket Gremmels, System Director of Ethics at CHRISTUS Health in Irving TX is […]

Feeding Tubes: Are Things What They Seem?

Why would the question of whether to provide food and water to a patient come up at all? One might assume it is always helpful and never harmful to offer nutrition and hydration to patients. Is that accurate? When might it be appropriate or not appropriate? Our lead contributor in this episode is Alan Sanders, […]

Reflections on the HMA Annual Conference

  In this episode of the Heart and Soul of Health Ministries Podcast, we give listeners a glimpse into the Health Ministries Association’s Annual Conference. Listen in as Faith Community Nurse leader Nicki Ayer interviews participants at the 2018 conference The Sacred Practice of Caring: Partnering For a Healthy, Hopeful Future. The first interview is […]

Feeding Tubes: Are Things What They Seem?

Why would the question of whether to provide food and water to a patient come up at all? One might assume it is always helpful and never harmful to offer nutrition and hydration to patients. Is that accurate? When might it be appropriate or not appropriate? Our lead contributor in this episode is Alan Sanders, […]

The Work: Reflections of Two Healthcare Ethicists

Those who work on responding to the ethical issues and decisions that arise in healthcare realize that we are invited into the most complex stories that patients, families , healthcare professionals and our communities have to offer. They not only involve value-laden clinical decisions about patient treatments, but community decisions about public health that sometimes […]

Artificial Intelligence: Issues Arising

  In healthcare, we are able to capture ever increasing levels and types of data. The potential is there for more accurate diagnosis and more relevant which would better inform healthcare decisions and potentially avoid medical error or unnecessary treatments. Artificial intelligence technologies are increasingly accurate in text, in sound or in image recognition with […]

An Exclusive Interview with Pam Cipriano and Marlene Feagan

Listen in on an interview with Pam Cipriano, the 35th President of the American Nurses Association and Marlene Feagan, the Health Ministries Coordinator and past President of the Health Ministries Association. Pam Cipriano, PhD. 35th President of the American Nurses Association and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA […]