Moral distress: a consequence of caring.

  title={Moral distress: a consequence of caring.},
  author={Agnes Shepard},
  journal={Clinical journal of oncology nursing},
  volume={14 1},
  • A. Shepard
  • Published 29 January 2010
  • Medicine
  • Clinical journal of oncology nursing
With the increase of technology in health care, oncology nurses often are involved in ethical discussions regarding the best use of aggressive interventions for patients. Conflicts between ethical principles and external forces can produce moral distress for oncology nurses caring for people with cancer. Moral distress can impact nurses in significant ways, including mental health and job satisfaction, and may impact care delivery. This article reviews the concept of moral distress and suggests… 

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