Friday 8:45 am – 11:50 am

Microsoft Teams

Moral distress is well documented among nurses and other health care professionals, but the precise nature of the problem remains a subject of extensive inquiry. On the standard view, someone experiences moral distress when she faces a moral challenge, knows the morally right thing to do in response, but is constrained from so acting by bureaucratic, institutional, or other professional obstacles.

Should this view of moral distress be broadened? Does moral distress have a parallel within other professions, such as public health and engineering? How has moral distress affected health care professionals and others throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response? And what steps can individuals and institutions take to mitigate the effects of moral distress?

Moral Distress Across the Professions brings together a distinguished group of bioethicists to address these questions and others. Attendees are invited to submit questions during the Q&A period following the talks and panel discussion. This event, sponsored by the MSOE Unit of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics-University of Haifa, is free and open to the public.

Schedule - Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
All sessions broadcast via Microsoft Teams Live Events

8:45–9 a.m. (CST)
Opening Remarks - Andrew McAninch, Ph.D., MSOE

9–9:50 a.m. (CST)
Addressing the Moral Distress of Nurses Working in Acute and Critical Care – A New Way Forward
Natalie McAndrew, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, UW-Milwaukee  

10–10:50 a.m. (CST)
Beyond the Traditional (Narrow) View of Moral Distress
Stephen Campbell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Bentley University Joint Fellow-in-Residence, 2020-21, Harvard University, Safra Center for Ethics & Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

Connie M. Ulrich, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Lillian S. Brunner Endowed Chair, Professor of Bioethics and Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

11–11:50 a.m. (CST)
Panel Session: Moral Distress and the COVID-19 Pandemic - moderated by Dr. Andrew McAninch, MSOE 
Mary Homan, MA, MSHCE, DrPH Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin  

David B. Resnik, J.D., Ph.D. Bioethicist, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, National Institutes of Health