Moral Resilience Panel

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The submission period is now CLOSED.
Applicants will be notified of the selection by January 27, 2017.

The American Nurses Association's Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking applications for a Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel to be convened January 2017. The panel will develop policy and identify strategies to strengthen moral resilience within practicing nurses. The goal of strengthening moral resilience is to address the phenomena of moral distress. Moral distress occurs when nurses know what the morally right thing to do is, but institutional, procedural or social constraints make doing the right thing nearly impossible. Moral distress threatens the core values and moral integrity of nurses and other health care providers. The panel will conduct its work over a 4-6 month period. 

The goal of the Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel is to:

  • Identify current understanding of moral distress in practicing nurses (including but not limited to hospital, long term care, education, administration, research). 
  • Identify current and potential strategies to strengthen moral resilience. 
  • Assess current availability and scalability of resources that contribute to moral resilience. 
  • Identify strategies that could strengthen the "ethical voice" of nurses across care settings. 
  • Establish goals to strengthen moral resilience. 

ANA is particularly interested in nominees who reflect the following criteria:

  • Practicing registered nurses who have experienced feelings of moral distress within the last 12 months. 
  • Registered nurses from across the continuum of care to include long term care, home health, acute care, and ambulatory care. 
  • Registered nurses who have served on institutional ethics committees or knowledge about system-level strategies to address ethical issues in patient care. 
  • Nurse researchers with expertise related to moral distress and moral resilience. 

This panel will consist of a Steering Committee of up to 15 members that will guide the development of resources and policy via virtual meetings. The Steering Committee will meet intensively, at least once a month via conference call for approximately two hours in addition to email dialogue. The policy development from the Steering Committee may also require up to an additional 10 hours a month. The appointed Chair(s) of the Steering Committee may have an additional 2-4 hours per month time commitments. 

All applicants not selected for the Steering Committee will have the opportunity to participate in the associated Advisory Committee. Advisory Committee members will provide feedback, additional information and advice to ANA and the Steering Committee regarding the direction of the policy development. The time commitment for the Advisory committee is less frequent and will consist of virtual dialogue through an online platform. The Advisory Committee requires approximately one hour per month of online dialogue for the duration of the panel. 

Eligibility Requirements
All registered nurse applicants must be either an ANA member OR a member of one of ANA's Premier Organizational Affiliates
(American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses). If you are not an ANA member and would like to join ANA, please click here

The application deadline is December 1, 2016. All applications must be submitted via the electronic application form. 

Notifications of selection for the Moral Resilience Professional Issues Panel will be sent by the end of January

Click here for information about how the Steering and Advisory Committees function within ANA's Professional Issues Panel Framework. 

For Professional Issue Panel related questions, please email Please do not send applications to this email address. All applications MUST be submitted through the electronic application form.