Nurse Strong: Recognizing and Mitigating Moral Distress

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC; Sarah Delgado, DNP, RN, ACNP

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 03, 2025

Topics: COVID-19, Behavioral/Psychosocial, Moral Distress, Ethics

Population: Adult, Geriatric

Role: APRN, Staff

CE Fee
Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Webinar Summary

Of all the threats to nurse well-being, moral distress may be one of the least understood – and one of the most detrimental. It is distinct from other forms of distress experienced by nurses, such as burnout and compassion fatigue, and it is especially prevalent among nurses caring for critically ill patients and their families. And, despite what we may believe, acknowledging this distress is a testament to our strength, not our weakness.

Whether you are experiencing moral distress yourself or want to support someone else who is, this webinar will help you recognize and manage the condition. Using current literature as a guide, the presenters will educate you on the definition, causes and symptoms of moral distress. Equally important, they will provide concrete strategies to mitigate moral distress. Their presentation includes a detailed exploration of AACN’s moral distress tool.


  • Recognize moral distress when it occurs.
  • Understand how individual attributes and organizational characteristics impact the development of moral distress.
  • Identify strategies to address and mitigate moral distress.


Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC

Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC

Marian Altman is a clinical practice specialist at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), where she serves as lead faculty for the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a nurse innovation and leadership development program. Altman’s 37-year nursing career encompasses roles as both a direct care and advanced practice nurse, as well as earning her PhD in nursing in 2017. She received the Borlick Nursing Research Award for her work examining moral distress in critical care nurses, lectures nationally on a broad range of healthcare topics, and has published in peer-reviewed journals and nursing textbooks.

Sarah Delgado, DNP, RN, ACNP

Sarah Delgado, DNP, RN, ACNP

Sarah Delgado is a clinical practice specialist at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), working with the organization’s Strategic Advocacy Team to promote a healthy work environment for nurses. Delgado has over 25 years of experience as a nurse, including working as an acute care nurse practitioner and nursing faculty member in positions at PIH Health and the University of Virginia/UVA Health System. She has published and presented on a variety of topics including moral distress and infection control, and has co-edited books on both critical care and progressive care nursing.

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