As a pediatric nurse and PNP for many years, I have experience in pediatric critical care, pediatric emergency, neurosurgery, and palliative care. After earning a master's in clinical ethics I joined the Ethics Consult Team and Hospital Ethics Committee in 2013. Due to an interest in the moral distress of nurses and other health care workers, I focused my doctoral work on developing nursing ethics huddles, a forum for nurses to discuss and work through challenging cases in their work site. Currently I hold position at the School of Nursing where I teach Ethics and Public Policy, Division of Humanities and Bioethics where I lead medical student seminars on ethics.  

Current Focus

Currently I am the ombudsperson for the School of Nursing. I also continue to lead small groups in the hospital to address ethical concerns, and am active as a member of the ethics consult service throughout URMC. 

Professional Experience
Pediatric NP, University of Rochester (Palliative care), Rochester, NY, US. 2/2010 - Current

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (Nursing), Rochester, NY, US. 5/2002 - Current

PNP, University of Rochester (Neurosurgery), Rochester, NY, US. 8/2001 - 9/2009

RN, University of Rochester (PICU), Rochester, NY, US. 9/1981 - 5/1996

RN, USPHS-IHS (Pediatrics), Gallup Phoenix, NM, US. 9/1979 - 5/1981

Distinguished Service in Health Care
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 2020

Josephine Craytor Nursing Faculty Award
University of Rochester, 2019

Margaret D Sovie Award for Advanced Practice
March of Dimes, 2013

Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner
University of Rochester, 2013

Ethical Considerations in Oncologic Pain Management
Grand rounds, University of Rochester, 2020
Rochester, New York

Neurosurgery team conference, University of Rochester, 2019
Rochester, New York

To VAD or not to VAD
Cardiology Grand Rounds, University of Rochester, 2018
Rochester, New York

Nursing ethics huddles to decrease moral distress among ICU nurses
ASBH national conference, American Association of Bioethics Nd Humanities, 2017
Kansas City, Kansas

It's been a long road: A passionate journey of safety and culture change in a University medical center inpatient psychiatric service
American Psychiatric Nursing Association Conference, APA, 2017
Phoenix, Arizona

Prenatal Palliative Care
Harriet Davis teaching day, Harriet Davis Teaching day, 2012
Rochester, New York

End of life care for a Nepali child
Schwartz Rounds, University of Rochester SMH Division of Bioethics and Humanities, 2012
Rochester, New York

Ethics in Action
Preceptor workshop, SON, 2012
Rochester, New York

Palliative care across the age continuum
Regional meeting, SigmaTheta Tau, 2012
Rochester, New York

Chiafery, M (2020). Ethicists offer much needed support to clinicians with moral distress. Medical ethics Advisor, 36 (6), 61-72.

Wax, J, D'Angio, C & Chiafery, M. (2019). Ethical considerations in the neonatal period. Peirnatal Palliative Care: A clinical Guide (book chapter).

Chiafery, M. C., Hopkins, P., Norton, S. A., & Shaw, M. H. (2018). Nursing ethics huddles to decrease moral distress among nurses in the intensive care unit. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 29 (3), 217-226. PMID: 30226823

Chiafery, M (2006). Care and Management of the child with hydrocephalus. Pediatric Nursing, 32 (3), 222-225.

Chiafery, M (1998). Pediatric Neurologic Emergencies. Pediatric Emergency Nursing.

Powers, K Goldstein,B, Merriam, C, Chiafery M Tornabene L Paprocki S (1994). A Multidisciplinary approach to the families of brain dead children. Clinical Intensive Care, 5, 191-196.

Chiafery, M, Stephany, R and Holiday K (1993). Epidural sympathetic blockade to relieve vascular insufficiency in a child with purpura fulminans. Critical Care Nurse, 13 (3), 71- 76.