Spreading the word about Ethics NSHA
By Margaret Angus, Senior Communications Advisor, NSHA
It’s been my pleasure to provide communications support to Ethics Support, first within the former Capital Health and now within NSHA. As is the case with communicating any program or service, the challenge is successfully reaching those who need the information most – leaders and staff. Both groups are inundated with information daily, and must stay focused on the work at hand – caring either directly or indirectly for patients and clients. At the same time, they will inevitably face ethical issues. It’s important for them to know what supports are available to help them navigate ethical issues, and how to access these supports. Sharing messages about ethics support requires the use of both formal and informal communication channels.
Ethics NSHA offers “valuable insight, understanding and a helpful perspective to handle ethical issues.” But do NSHA employees, physicians, learners and volunteers know Ethics NSHA exists? How can local ethics committees let the NSHA community know what Ethics NSHA offers, and how to access these services?
Each poster has a space for local ethics committees to add local event details or information.
- Posters, customized for local use – Ethics NSHA has developed a series of five poster templates, one general and one for each of its service offerings:
- Ethics Education
- Policy Development and Review
- Clinical Ethics Consultations
- Organizational Ethics Support
- NSHA News – Produced every Tuesday (every two weeks during the summer) and distributed by email to all NSHA staff, NSHA News is a great place to share news of NSHA Ethics resources and events. With provincial news as well as news by zone, NSHA News can help you share ethics information provincially and/or locally. To submit, email NSHAnews@nshealth.ca. Deadline: Monday at noon.
- NSHA Intranet Events – Post your events to the NSHA Intranet by visiting: http://intra.nshealth.ca/Pages/News-Events.aspx. Events can be categorized by zone.
- Time on local meeting agendas – Consider the existing meetings that occur in your local area. These could include manager or director meetings, staff or committee meetings. Where are there natural alignments with the work of Ethics NSHA? Inquire as to opportunities to speak or present at these meetings, even briefly. Consider leaving a card with your contact information behind so attendees can reach out to you later.
Ethics NSHA provides a valuable service to NSHA staff.
Let’s spread the word!