COVID-19 era healthcare ethics education: Cultivating educational and moral resilience

Wald, Hedy S; Monteverde, Settimio (2021). COVID-19 era healthcare ethics education: Cultivating educational and moral resilience Nursing ethics, 28(1), pp. 58-65. Sage Publications 10.1177/0969733020976188

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The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has had profound effects on global health, healthcare, and public health policy. It has also impacted education. Within undergraduate healthcare education of doctors, nurses, and allied professions, rapid shifts to distance learning and pedagogic content creation within new realities, demands of healthcare practice settings, shortened curricula, and/or earlier graduation have also challenged ethics teaching in terms of curriculum allotments or content specification. We propose expanding the notion of resilience to the field of ethics education under the conditions of remote learning. Educational resilience starts in the virtual classroom of ethics teaching, initially constituted as an “unpurposed space” of exchange about the pandemic’s challenging impact on students and educators. This continuously transforms into “purposed space” of reflection, discovering ethics as a repertory of orientative knowledge for addressing the pandemic’s challenges on personal, professional, societal, and global levels and for discovering (and then addressing) that the health of individuals and populations also has moral determinants. As such, an educational resilience framework with inherent adaptability rises to the challenge of supporting the moral agency of students acting both as professionals and as global citizens. Educational resilience is key in supporting and sustaining professional identify formation and facilitating the development of students’ moral resilience and leadership amid moral complexity and potential moral transgression—not only but especially in times of pandemic.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions > Nursing


Wald, Hedy S0000-0003-3897-4989 and
Monteverde, Settimio0000-0002-7041-2663


B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing




Sage Publications




Settimio Monteverde

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2021 13:11

Last Modified:

14 Feb 2021 01:34

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