Moral Injury in Critical Care

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For healthcare teams working in overstretched critical care environments, potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) can lead to negative thoughts as well as deep feelings of shame or guilt, which can, in turn, lead to more serious mental health problems.

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Moral injury is the severe psychological distress that occurs when a person performs actions that violate their moral or ethical code (or fail to take actions in a way that violates their moral or ethical code).


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Georgia Scott
12 May 2023
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Interesting paper, new perspect
Cheryl Nieuwenhuizen
08 May 2020
Very relevant
Helen Tuxworth
22 May 2020
very good short but excellent references
Nikoletta Varga
17 May 2020
Newly identified issue amongst healthcare professionals brought on by the pandemic.
Maria woods
17 May 2020
This is not relevant in my work as an RN, but as I had never heard the term I was most interested
Charein Price
09 May 2023
Lyn Catipay
17 May 2023
Good source
Cindy Cheney
04 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Further research on this subject would be beneficial.
Christine Wright
29 Jun 2020
Succinct and informative.
Jenny Sudell
01 Apr 2023
Excellent and well taught.. easy to listen to and to understand
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