Advice for the nurse facing distress

Advice for the nurse facing distress

Most nurses are bound to experience moral distress. It happens when they know what ethical action to take but are unable to take it. It sometimes occurs when a nurse watches a dying patient go through treatment that ultimately won’t heal them, or when a conflict arises between clinicians providing care for a patient.

So what should nurses do to maintain integrity in the midst of moral distress?

In a new article in HealthLeaders Media, Cynda Rushton, Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics, offers three tactics:

  1. Be in tune with your body
  2. Notice your emotions
  3. Identify your assumptions and biases

Check out the article for more.


As Media Relations Coordinator/Writer, Danielle connects media with the faculty and students of the school of nursing. She writes press releases, magazine articles, blog posts, and more.

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