Surviving Your Shift: A Values-Based Tool to Prioritize Patient Care in Times of Limited Resources

Author(s): Sharon L Hickin

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

ICU staff are well-acquainted with resource scarcity thanks to the pandemic. In this session we introduce learners to a front-line, informed, values-based tool to support prioritizing care. Participants engage in an interactive process to identify situations impacting patient care, explore their own values related to prioritizing care in a setting of scarce resources and explore actions to mitigate moral distress.


  • Explain how a values-based approach to prioritizing care can support clinical decision-making.
  • Describe practical strategies to prioritize care.
  • Identify personal values and learn how to incorporate them into clinical decisions to decrease moral distress.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

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 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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