Moral Resilience: A Capacity for Navigating Moral Distress in Critical Care

Author(s): Cynda Hylton Rushton, RN, PhD, MSN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2019

Topics: Ethics, Healthy Work Environment

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Ethical challenges are commonplace in critical care settings. Questions about the boundaries of ethically permissible treatment, assessment of decision making capacity, determining who ought to decide on the ultimate treatment plan, or potentially medically inappropriate treatment are part of everyday practice. Contradictory views can result in lack of consensus or unsatisfactory decisions between patients and family members, within interprofessional teams, or among patients, patients’ families, and critical care teams.


  • Identity 5 elements of moral resilience.
  • Define moral resilience.
  • Apply 4 strategies for building moral resilience to critical care nursing practice.

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