Moral distress: recognizing it to retain nurses.

  title={Moral distress: recognizing it to retain nurses.},
  author={Patricia S Pendry},
  journal={Nursing economic\$},
  volume={25 4},
Faced with the challenges in today's acute care environment, 15% of the nurses in one study reported resigning a position due to experiencing moral distress. Moral distress is the physical or emotional suffering that is experienced when constraints (internal or external) prevent one from following the course of action that one believes is right. With more responsibility than authority, nurses often lack the autonomy to do what they feel should be done. Nurses often seem unaware of moral… CONTINUE READING

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