Defining and addressing moral distress: tools for critical care nursing leaders.

@article{Rushton2006DefiningAA,
  title={Defining and addressing moral distress: tools for critical care nursing leaders.},
  author={Cynda Hylton Rushton},
  journal={AACN advanced critical care},
  year={2006},
  volume={17 2},
  pages={161-8}
}
Nurse clinicians may experience moral distress when they are unable to translate their moral choices into moral action. The costs of unrelieved moral distress are high; ultimately, as with all unresolved professional conflicts, the quality of patient care suffers. As a systematic process for change, this article offers the AACN's Model to Rise Above Moral Distress, describing four A's: ask, affirm, assess, and act. To help critical care nurses working to address moral distress, the article… CONTINUE READING