CSU Shiley Institute seeks lecturer

From our partners at the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care:

Proposed Lecture on “Moral Distress”

CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

Fall 2020

The onset of the COVID crisis in healthcare organizations precipitated manifestations of moral distress in all involved: staff and their families, and patients and families. Lack of supplies, equipment, and manpower, and understanding of the COVID disease trajectory and effective treatments have exhausted staff, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Military terms have been introduced into the healthcare workforce to describe the workplace, the crisis’ effects on those in it, and strategies for staff management.

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is seeking a professional who has been a part of this unusual crisis and has supported individuals in the front lines of healthcare, to prepare an approximately 45-minute lecture or equivalent (voice-over PowerPoint, video recording, or Word content of approximately 4,000 words) that would:

  • Reflect on the 2020 COVID crisis, describing
    • The author’s experience witnessing/working with the impact and effects of the crisis on healthcare workers.
    • Define/distinguish moral distress, compassion fatigue, and burnout
    • The impact and effects of the crisis on patients and families
      • Moral distress symptoms exhibited
      • Other physical, psychosocial non-obvious symptoms discovered
      • Stories, illustrations, cases
    • Draw parallels to other emergency response/crisis situations: what is the same about this crisis, what is different?
  • Cite published work to support, if possible, describe the psychosocial phenomena that are exhibited during the COVID crisis.
  • Describe the author’s experience or their workplace/organization response to the moral distress
    • Strategies
      • Cite models used, if any
    • Outcomes
  • Describe lessons learned and make recommendations to learners
    • Methods to use for recognizing moral distress, compassion fatigue, and other problems that emerged during the COVID crisis
    • Recommendations on effective interventions and strategies
      • Strategies that work well
      • Strategies to avoid

Learning Objectives:

By the conclusion of this lecture, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the facets of the COVID crisis that are creating moral distress
  • Describe the manifestation as compared to military or other evidence
  • Devise or create strategies for effective interventions for staff moral distress

Qualifications for writer/composer:

Licensed professional, preferably with post graduate degree and/or credentials.


Compensation: $1000 for completed product, to include lecture and two discussion questions. This is a work for hire.


Deliver by September 30, 2020


Interested persons should contact:

Maria Brown, M.Ed., MBA, MT (ASCP)

CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Director of Educational Programs

Email mbrown@csusm.edu

Please provide resume or CV with inquiry.