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Moral distress in nursing

from By Keith Carlson

Moral distress may not be a concept on the lips of many nurses, but it is an issue with which a significant number of nurses grapple on a regular basis. Moral distress occurs when an individual knows what the right course of action should be in a particular situation, but that person is hampered from acting on that knowledge by a variety of factors. Whether in the ICU, the ER or other milieus, nurses can find themselves faced with morally-distressing situations that may easily lead to feelings of burnout, compassion fatigue, cognitive dissonance, depression, anxiety and dissatisfaction. more


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