VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Health care professionals, patients and their family members face challenging ethical questions daily at Veterans Health Administration facilities.
To help answer ethical concerns, VHA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care created IntegratedEthics, a unique and innovative national education and organizational change initiative. IntegratedEthics not only provides clinicians with tools and resources they need to address ethical challenges, but it is also a resource for patients and their families when they are faced with ethical concerns.
Not your traditional ethics council, IntegratedEthics seeks to improve ethics on three levels – decisions and actions, systems and processes, and environment and culture.
Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s IntegratedEthics Council oversees the implementation of this initiative and targets each of the three levels through a different core function:
• Ethics consultation – responding to specific health care ethicas concerns
• Preventive ethics – addressing health care ethical issues on a systems level
• Ethical leadership – fostering a positive health care ethics environment
Within the council, there is a leadership coordinator, program officer, ethics consultation coordinator and preventive ethics coordinator. New team members are receiving ethics education and guidance from local and network ethics experts in preparation for taking on their new roles. In addition, the council is working on ways to improve accessibility to the ethics team and identify education needs for staff, patients and families who may have ethical concerns.
By envisioning new ways of looking at ethical concerns in health care, new approaches for addressing them in all their complexity and new channels for achieving integration across the system, IntegratedEthics empowers VA facilities and staff to "do the right thing."
For more information on IntegratedEthics, visit http://www.ethics.va.gov/ or call the NWIHCS IntegratedEthics hotline at 1-855-ETHICS8 (384-4278).
- VA NWIHCS Ethics Hotline
Hours of Operation
- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.