While "moral distress"
was first identified and discussed as a phenomenon specific to nursing, it is
actually something that all health care providers, administrators, and staff may
experience. All that is required is a moral agent facing a moral dilemma,
believing that he or she knows the right thing to do, yet is not able to do it
because of internal or external obstacles. Given the moral complexities in
health care today, moral distress is hardly a rare event and will likely become
more common. This webinar examined the meaning of moral distress, some of its
causes, strategies to prevent it as well as addressing it when it occurs. In
addition, it explored the potential contributions of a strong ethical culture
and ethics program.
Presenter: Carol Taylor, RN, Ph.D.,
Georgetown University Medical Center, Bioethics.
This is a recording of the webinar held on
October 27, 2011.
Run time: 75 minutes