Moral Injury and Ethical Challenges in the Midst of a Pandemic

Author(s): McLaughlin Maureen

Contact Hours 1.20

CERP B 1.20

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: COVID-19, Ethics, Moral Distress

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The COVID pandemic placed providers, nurses, organizations, patients and their families in morally distressing and challenging situations that few were prepared for. Ethical challenges included balancing patient care with self-protection and at times the latter taking precedence. This intermediate session provides a brief review of ethical principles and continues with an exploration of the myriad of ethical and moral challenges associated with providing healthcare during a pandemic.


  • Contrast traditional ethical principles used as the cornerstone of nursing practice with public health ethics.
  • Discuss ethical challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Identify one strategy to address moral distress associated with a pandemic-related ethical challenge.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.20 contact hours.

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