Moral distress related factors affecting critical care nurses

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Background: Moral distress has been identified as a major factor influencing the physical and emotional well being of the nurses. It is a serious problem among critical care nurses, it my make the nurses avoid the patient and do not act as an advocate. While its impact on the nurses themselves is burn-out, resignation from their position, or abandonment of nursing. The impact that moral distress has on the institution is high nurse turnover, low patient satisfaction, and decreased quality of care. The aim of this study was to identify the moral distress related factors affecting the critical care nurses. Method: the study was conducted in six intensive care units (ICUs) of kafr-Elsheikh hospitals. Subjects: All of the critical care nurses providing direct patient's care and working in the mentioned ICUs included in the study (70 nurses). Tool: Moral distress intensity scale was used for data collection, it was adopted from Corely. Results: The physician practice category is found to be the highest moral distress factor followed by the nursing practice category and then the institutional category. Conclusion: Moral distress including several factors is a critical problem that affects the critical care nurses and it needs more attention.[Maysa Abdalla Hassan, Hayam Ibrahim Asfourand Nagwa Ahmad Reda. Moral Distress Related Factors Affecting Critical Care Nurses.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)184-196
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of American Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2013


  • Moral Distress; Factors; Critical Care Nurses


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