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Moral Distress

The purpose of this educational activity is to enable the learner with knowledge about the definition of moral distress, its impact on the healthcare worker, and strategies to manage moral distress.


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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to: 

  1. Comment on three (3) of the top root causes of moral distress. 
  2. Compare the difference in impact that moral distress of caregivers has on the individual versus the caregivers.
  3. Rate, in order of importance, the following resources in dealing with moral distress: personal moral resilience, self-care, and healthcare team

Learning Outcome

At the completion of this educational activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge about moral distress experienced by healthcare workers by passing a quiz with a score of 85% or greater accuracy. 


Don Gordon, BS, MDiv, DMin

Don is the founder and CEO of Christians Caring for Creation, Inc. and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Prior to that he served for 35 years in pastoral ministry in Virginia and North Carolina. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary (PCUSA), a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Campbell University. Don has authored several books in the fields of church history, spiritual formation, and children’s religious education. He has recently served on the Board of Trustees for Campbell University in North Carolina and the Board of Directors for The Baptist Center for Ethics in Nashville, Tennessee. Don has spent many hours offering spiritual care in hospitals, hospice care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities with many people he knew well or not at all, including his mother who lived for five years in such an environment.

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Moral Distress


This educational activity defines moral distress, its impact on the nurse and strategies to manage moral distress.

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