Nursing Ethics: Moral Distress in Nursing


Nurses who are in situations where they
believe that what they’re doing is causing more harm to their patients than
good they can feel moral distress about that. They feel really compromised in
terms of their integrity that they know what they should be doing their ethical
foundation is clear about benefiting and not hurting our patients and yet they
see the treatments that they’re doing causing harm. They see the suffering of
their patients and that begins to erode their sense of integrity. What we’ve been
trying to do is to first of all help nurses to develop the skills to raise
these issues effectively, to move from the why are we doing this question to
being able to articulate why this particular activity or this particular
treatment plan is challenging the ethical values of the nurse. Underneath
them are really important at the gold values that need to be brought into the
conversation. We have ethics consultation that’s available for nurses and I often
coach nurses through thinking about what’s the right path is this a
situation where it would be beneficial to have some additional help in thinking
about these issues not just the nurse but the whole team and the family and
the patient. So that we can surface the issues and talk about them who are
directly.

3 thoughts on “Nursing Ethics: Moral Distress in Nursing

  1. Moral distress is more a patient symptom. Especially when you do on daily basis forget that your clients have morals that you rob from us. You take away our dignity , embarrass us with opposite gender staffing exposing us and leaving us to feel morally dirty. Men especially. And the male member of this household has suffered with that on numerous occasions. Even for things he did not need to be exposed for such as surgeries. We should all unless surgeries on private areas be able to wear the new Covr or Modicine undergarments developed by surgeon's and for any private procedure we should be able to ask for in advance and receive same gender teams. Spouses or loved ones of their choice should be allowed to go with patient to any pre op and recovery areas to be the chaperone for them. I have been in recovery and saw many other patients exposed needlessly as I was recovering. I also felt the embarrassment of knowing others saw me. Baths and showers forced upon patients by cnas of opposite gender are an awful demorilization of the client. Patients feel sexually abused especially male customers by female staff. This is a real moral dilemma for many. It is now time to mandate and recruit men for all support staff positions where any human must be exposed.

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