A National Survey on Moral Obligations in Critical Care

Author(s): Carol L. Pavlish, PhD, RN, Katherine Brown-Saltzman, MA, RN, Joseph A. Raho, PhD, and Belinda Chen, MPH

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 01, 2023

Topics: Ethics, Healthy Work Environment, Moral Distress

Population: Neonatal, Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric

Role: APRN, Staff, Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Moral distress often signals a failure to meet professional obligations. This study examines clinicians’ views about moral responsibilities.


  • Identify the effects of ethical conflicts on patients, families, clinicians, and healthcare teams.
  • Describe the concepts of role-specific and entwined moral obligations.
  • Distinguish between nurses’ and physicians’ perceptions of nurses’ moral obligations.

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