Lucia Wocial, PhD, RN

Lucia Wocial, PhD, RN

Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Community & Health Systems
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Nursing Indianapolis


PhD, Oregon Health & Sciences University
MSN, Oregon Health & Sciences University
BSN, Oregon Health & Sciences University
BA, Macalester College


In addition to her work as an adjunct faculty member teaching applied ethics, Dr. Wocial serves as the nurse ethicist for Indiana University Health.  She co-chairs the ethics consultation service at IU Health and serves on the nurse executive council and as a faculty member in the clinical ethics fellowship at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. Her research is focused on moral distress of professional caregivers. Her current research is focused on continued development of the Moral Distress Thermometer. Dr. Wocial chairs the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) committee for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is the facilitator for the Indiana University Nursing Leadership Partnership.

Selected Publications

Torke, A. M., Bledsoe, P., Wocial, L. D., Bosslet, G. T., & Helft, P.R. (2015). CEASE: A guide for clinicians on how to stop resuscitation efforts. Annals of the American Thoracic Society (accepted for publication February, 2015).

Tarzian, A., Wocial, L. D., & the Members of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Standing Committee. (2015). A code of ethics for healthcare ethics consultants: Journey to the present and implications for the field.  American Journal of Bioethics (accepted for publication December 2014).

Tucker Edmonds, B., McKenzie, F, Panoch, J. E., Wocial, L. D., Barnato, A. E., & Frankel, R. M. (2014). "Doctor, what would you do?": Physicians' responses to patient inquiries about periviable delivery (reference number: 14-258). Journal of Perinatology. Patient Education Counsel. 2015, Jan;98(1), 49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.09.014. Epub 2014 Sep 30.

Broome, M. E., Everett, L. Q., & Wocial, L. D. (2014). Innovation through partnership: Building leadership capacity in academe and practice. Nurse Leader, 12(6), 91–94.

Benneyworth, B., Ackerman, V., Wocial , L. D., & Nitu, M. (2014). Cost/charge analysis of long-stay admissions. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 15(4), 394.

Wocial, L. D., & Weaver, M. T. (2012). Evaluation of a new tool for measuring moral distress: The Moral Distress Thermometer.  Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06036.x. [Epub ahead of print]