Program Description: 

Moral distress is well documented among nurses and other medical professionals, but, in this presentation, Dr. McAninch explores whether it has a parallel within other professions outside the narrowly clinical medical context. Dr. McAninch aims to identify what produces moral distress in specifically professional contexts, which might explain the parallels across professions as diverse as nursing, engineering, and public health. At the same time, these parallels have limitations, which might explain why health care professionals, and nurses specifically, are distinctively vulnerable to moral distress.

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Appreciate a deeper understanding of some of the historical context and philosophical significance of moral distress in health care.
  • Identify some of the challenges to characterizing the conceptual components of moral distress.
  • Analyze some of the profits and limitations of extending the scope of moral distress attributions to professionals outside the narrowly clinical medical context.


Faculty & credentials: 

Andrew McAninch, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Milwaukee School of Engineering


Kris Tym
Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
Designation of Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Session date: 
05/17/2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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