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Georgina Morley, PhD

Georgina Morley, PhD
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Department Bioethics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Georgina Morley, PhD

Georgina Morley, PhD is Director of the Nursing Ethics Program (NursE Program), an innovative collaborative program between the Center for Bioethics and the Nursing Institute. The NursE Program is dedicated to nurturing and sustaining a network of nurses to develop expertise in examining the ethical dimensions of patient care through the lens of nursing practice. The program is focused on five core areas: nurse education, scholarly work, clinical excellence, program development and the development of interventions to address moral distress.

Dr. Morley was appointed as Assistant Staff, Nurse Ethicist in June 2020 within the Center for Bioethics and works closely with the Nursing Institute and the Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute (HVTI). Georgina received a BA in Philosophy from King’s College London and went on to train as a nurse, receiving a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Nursing from King’s College London in 2014. Dr. Morley is a registered nurse in the United Kingdom, having worked on the Major Trauma Ward at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and in Cardiac Critical Care at Barts Heart Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust.

Dr. Morley went on to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, Centre for Ethics in Medicine exploring moral distress as experienced by critical care nurses in the United Kingdom. Georgina’s PhD was a feminist empirical bioethics project entitled, “What is ‘moral distress’ in nursing and how should we respond to it?” and was funded by a prestigious Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals. Georgina is recognized as an international expert on moral distress, has been invited to speak on the topic in both the UK and US, and has published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topic.

Dr. Morley has expertise in qualitative research methods (in particular phenomenology), empirical bioethics, moral distress, nursing ethics and clinical ethics.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - University of Bristol
Bristol, UK

Internship - University of Birmingham
Doctoral Studentship; Enrollment only, transferred to University of Bristol
Birmingham, England,

Graduate School - King's College London
London, UK

Graduate School - King's College London
PostGraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing
London, UK

Undergraduate - King's College London

Professional Highlights

  • Education & Fellowships

    Nursing Ethics Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic
    Graduate School – University of Bristol
    PhD Bioethics

    Nursing – King’s College London
    MSc Nursing,
    PG Dip, Adult Nursing with Registration

    Undergraduate – King’s College London
    BA Philosophy

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/5/2023, Dr. Morley has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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