Join us in the Biomedical Library for an informal discussion and Q+A with Connie Ulrich about her new book Moral Distress in the Health Professions.
Dr. Ulrich has accomplished many "firsts" in her career as a pediatric nurse and nurse ethicist: the first nurse to be accepted into postdoctoral training at the NIH Dept. of Bioethics, editor of the first ever Hastings Report on nursing, and the first nurse bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania.
While Moral Distress (available to the Penn community here: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017.12/2218946) isn't her first book, it arrives at an important professional and academic moment at the University, with its new Wellness Initiative, and within the University Health System: moral distress is increasingly recognized as a significant contributor to professional burnout, the failure to retain highly qualified staff, and critical quality of life and wellness issues within the health workforce. Dr. Ulrich and her collaborators provide a crucial historical and empirical analysis of the concept, and discuss its impact and potential harm reduction strategies for nurses, social workers, and physicians.