Nurses in all roles and settings are responsible and accountable for upholding the professional values of the profession. Individual integrity is the starting point for professional integrity. When integrity is threatened moral distress can ensue. In this course, moral distress will be defined, and its prevalence, sources and consequences will be identified. Strategies for supporting personal and professional integrity and creating an ethical practice environment will also be discussed.
Judith Hold, EdD, RN, teaches undergraduate nursing courses including professionalism and ethics, and palliative and end-of-life care at Kennesaw State University. She has been a nurse educator for 30 years in addition to practicing in diverse nursing fields. Hospice nursing, centering on the elderly, however, has been her prime and most recent interest.
Dr. Hold has a doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership from The University of Alabama. Her dissertation research focused on ethics, death and dying, and nursing education from a feminist and critical social theory lens. Dr. Hold’s current research efforts continue to center on ethics and end-of-life care.