Moral Injury is Not Burnout: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Healing Moral Injury in Healthcare Professionals

Providers have faced awful challenges during the COVID 19 pandemic. Long hours, separation from their support network, lack of adequate treatment for patients, rationing care, and death have pushed many frontline providers to their limit. Has this led to burnout or something deeper like moral injury? Moral injury can be connected to burnout. This activity differentiates between moral injury and how to foster moral resilience.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:  

  • Explain the prevailing definition of moral injury (as related to healthcare)
  • Differentiate between burnout and moral injury (as related to healthcare)
  • Identify characteristics of moral injury (as related to healthcare)
  • Apply their knowledge of moral injury to utilize recovery strategies to attain moral resilience (as related to healthcare)