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Sister Carol's Bioethics and Faith

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Sister Carol's Bioethics and Faith
February 10, 2006 04:57AM

She wanted to teach French. Instead, she entered the complex world of ethical health-care decisionmaking. Now she teaches the language of caring.

The calls and letters come from every part of the country and places like Australia, France and Japan. Professors at universities and research centers, major health-care institutions and community hospitals, anxious parents facing critical health decisions, religious communities and former students—they all get the number.

And they get answers. They gain insight from a tall, dark-haired, gracious woman with the enthusiasm of a teenager, the energy of a five-year-old and the wisdom of the ancients. Carol Taylor, C.S.F.N., R.N., Ph.D., is the director of clinical bioethics at Georgetown University. She is also a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and assistant professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing.

Colleagues refer to her as “a neat lady.” Clients describe her as a person who can make complex and difficult topics clear and compelling to people who know little about the new genetic research revolutionizing medicine and health-care practice.

The initials after her name refer to three of the four or five roles she plays in her richly demanding life. Carol Taylor is a religious, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth whose provincial house is in Philadelphia.

Sister Carol is a nurse, widely experienced in hospital and community care, particularly among the elderly, and a speaker and consultant to professional organizations, health-care systems, legislative bodies and religious congregations.

She is also a scholar and a teacher with advanced degrees from The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University.

And, oh, yes, she is East Campus chaplain-in-residence to undergraduates in Loyola Xavier Ryder Hall during her spare evening hours.

Sister Carol’s area of expertise—bioethics—deals with all of the ethical issues associated with modern health care—from commonly understood topics like patients’ rights, organ donation, managed care and parental consent to less-well-understood areas such as cloning, human experimentation and gene therapy. She deals with birth-to-death issues from reproductive technologies to refusal of treatment and brain death.

Through it all, Sister Carol and the staff of the Georgetown Center work to help bring about an ethical, compassionate and trustworthy health-care system supported by health policies and legislation that benefit everyone, at every level of income. To all of it, they bring the richness of the Catholic moral tradition along with their expert knowledge and experience.

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Re: Sister Carol's Bioethics and Faith
February 10, 2006 06:03AM
Big up Sister Carol.
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