The practice of nursing is an inherently ethical endeavour, and never more so than during the past 18 months. Nurses commonly find themselves faced with complex situations, many of which challenge their values and beliefs about what is right and wrong. In this presentation, I will discuss moral distress and the common factors that contribute to it, and suggest some strategies for managing the consequences of the ethically difficult work that nurses navigate every day.
Jennifer Dunsford is a masters-prepared registered nurse with a longstanding interest in clinical and organizational healthcare ethics. She spent many years as the Director for Ethics Services with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and is now an instructor with the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba in Canada, where she teaches Legal and Ethical Foundations of Nursing to undergraduate students. She is also an interdisciplinary PhD student whose research interests include intrapersonal conflict and ethical decision-making among nurses who experience workplace violence.
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