A collaborative state of the science initiative: Transforming moral distress into moral resilience in nursing

Cynthia H Rushton, Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, Maureen Shawn Kennedy

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Abstract

To examine practices for addressing moral distress, a collaborative project was developed by the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, the American Journal of Nursing, and the Journal of Christian Nursing, along with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Nurses Association. Its purpose was to identify strategies that individuals and systems can use to mitigate the detrimental effects of moral distress and foster moral resilience. On August 11 and 12, 2016, an invitational symposium, State of the Science: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing, was held at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland. Forty-five nurse clinicians, researchers, ethicists, organization representatives, and other stakeholders took part. The result of the symposium was group consensus on recommendations for addressing moral distress and building moral resilience in four areas: practice, education, research, and policy. Participants and the organizations represented were energized and committed to moving this agenda forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S2-S6
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume117
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Ethical practice
  • Moral distress
  • Moral resilience
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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