Ethics and Moral Distress for Healthcare Professionals - N47689


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About the Course:
According to Jones-Bonofiglio (2020), healthcare professionals may experience moral distress when decisions are made to address an ethical dilemma that cannot be implemented, a sense of being required to act, or are not consistent with ethical practices. Several factors contribute to an individual’s experience of moral distress. Negative consequences may result if interventions are not initiated to enable the individual to overcome moral distress. Studies have identified that healthcare professionals often do not believe they are prepared to address ethical dilemmas that could lead to care needs not being meet and moral distress in the healthcare professional (Milliken, 2018). This course provides healthcare professionals information about ethical principles that guide practice, present factors that contribute to moral distress, and provide strategies to manage moral distress. The course provides an overview of ethics, ethical principles, and moral distress.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast ethical decision-making models.
  • Explore the Nursing Code of Ethics.
  • Describe factors that may result in moral distress.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of moral distress. 
  • Analyze the costs of moral distress.
  • Examine actions to take to recover from moral distress.
  • Select strategies to prevent or minimize moral distress.

About the Author: 
Cheryl M. Lindy, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, is an independent nursing consultant. She received her bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota. Her master’s degree is from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, with a focus in medical surgical nursing and nursing education. She received her PhD in nursing science from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. She has over 45 years of experience in the acute care setting. She has worked in various roles from staff nurse to administrative director of education, research, and professional practice. She is certified in professional nursing development and as a nursing executive, advanced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has been involved in staff education for over 40 years.