COVID-19 and Moral Distress: A Pediatric Critical Care Survey

Author(s): Tessy A. Thomas, DO, MBE, F. Daniel Davis, PhD, Shelley Kumar, MSc, MS, Satid Thammasitboon, MD, MHPE, and Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2023

Topics: COVID-19, Moral Distress

Population: Pediatric

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric critical care professionals are experiencing moral distress due to various factors that challenge their professional integrity. Despite these challenges, they also exhibit attributes of moral resilience. Organizations have opportunities to cultivate a psychologically safe and healthy work environment to mitigate anticipatory, present, and lingering moral distress.


  • Define moral distress in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify organizational opportunities to support health care professionals experiencing moral distress.
  • Analyze attributes of the continuum of moral distress to moral resilience in the midst of a pandemic.

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