Moral Compass

Amazingly enough, we are born with an internal compass designed to keep us aligned in life -- a moral compass. Our personal values and beliefs serve to calibrate our compass such that each person has a unique sense of True North. When encountering a situation that requires us to deviate from our aligned position, it is our moral compass that sounds the alarm that something is amiss. We feel conflicted. Pulled off course.

Moral distress is frequently experienced by care receivers and caregivers because of the inherent ethical complexities of healthcare today. There are so many options! We can do so much, but should we? What is the "right" thing to do? And, who determines what is right? Please join us to explore these questions and many more. Mitigation of moral distress is possible when we seek to understand the ethical issues, when we seek to understand each other, and when we seek to discover common ground. By so doing, we get our bearings and chart a course predicated on True North. A good thing indeed.

Presented by Jane W. Barton. She listens to, writes for, and speaks with patients, family members, pastoral caregivers, and healthcare providers who deal with the lived experience of serious illness, caregiving, aging, and end-of-life issues.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.