Join us in the Biomedical Library on Thurs., Jan. 24, 2019, from: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, for an informal discussion and Q+A with Dr. Connie Ulrich about her new book, Moral Distress in the Health Professions.
Dr. Ulrich, the School of Nursing’s Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing and Professor of Nursing, as well as Professor of Bioethics at the Perelman School of Medicine, 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 Department of Bioethics, editor of the first ever Hastings Report on nursing, and the first nurse bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania.
While Moral Distress isn’t another “first” for Dr. Ulrich, who has indeed published previously, the book arrives at an important professional and academic moment at the University, with its 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.
Moral Distress is available to the Penn community as an e-book. Check it out, and join us on January 24th for this timely discussion.