Experiences of Moral Distress in Nurses’ Daily Work

  • Flávia Regina Souza Ramos Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Carolina da Silva Caram Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Lívia Cozer Montenegro Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Beatriz Santana Caçador Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Edison Luiz Devos Barlem Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Maria José Menezes Brito Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Abstract

Background: Moral distress in the work of nurses has been an emerging ethical problem in the different levels of complexity in the Brazilian scenario. Objective: raise the situations perceived by nurses working in different health services across the country, as generators of moral distress. Methods: This is a descriptive study of quantitative approach, of survey type. The study was developed with 771 nurses that working in health services of different levels of complexity in the Brazilian scenario. The data were collected in open instrument, they were asked to identify work situations triggering potential mental distress/suffering. Data were statistically analyzed using SPSS statistical software and later organized in tables at the 2010 version of Excel®. Findings: In the survey, were cited 2304 situations of Moral Distress. The situations involve Working Conditions; Professional Relations; Professional Competence; Quality of Care; Access; Labor Organization and Conflict.  Conclusions: it becomes important to reflect on the role of the nurse and the development of an ethical and autonomous practice in their daily tasks, given that moral distress deprived nurses from their roles. 

Published
May 21, 2016
How to Cite
RAMOS, Flávia Regina Souza et al. Experiences of Moral Distress in Nurses’ Daily Work. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, may 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1622>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1954.
Section
Nursing

Keywords

Nursing; Ethics; Working Conditions