Long Term Care Social Workers of Iowa

Message regarding Social Service Staff members and COVID-19 that Dr. Mercedes Bern-Klug from the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa requested we share with our members.



Front line social workers and social services staff members are facing serious decisions on an hourly basis, related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


There are new barriers to providing person-centered care in the midst of the pandemic.


Many social service staff members are feeling off-balanced and isolated as they face profound new challenges associated with the pandemic.


During this one hour conversation with Ryan Pferdehirt (Director of Ethics Education for the Center for Practical Bioethics) he discusses how to think about the ethical and moral dilemmas  facing nursing home social workers during this pandemic.  





During the conversation, these two resources were discussed as helpful:


For social service staff discussing advance care planning with residents and families:   https://theconversationproject.org/


One approach that social service staff may invite the whole staff to use to consider and discuss ethical issues:

               TEMPLATE  for ethical discussions    http://depts.washington.edu/lend/pdfs/4_box_model.revised_Fitzpatrick_2017.pdf

               Book chapter explanation:   https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=2WIL8ODNdsIC&oi=fnd&pg=PA164&dq=jonsen+four+box+ethics&ots=yP3M2WThDC&sig=094rwFt0l-1IPupmhbNEjuEROeI#v=onepage&q=jonsen%20four%20box%20ethics&f=false



                  The Center for Practical Bioethics has many resources available to the pubic: https://www.practicalbioethics.org/



Thank you for your continued service!



~ Merce

Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW

Professor, Social Work

Director, UI  Aging and Longevity Studies Program (online certificate)

Coordinator:   National Nursing Home Social Work Network and  listserv for nursing home social services staff