Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Describing Moral Distress Among Nurses in Long-Term Care Settings Using Hamric’s Framework
by Mauro, Luz Bruel, D.N.P., Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2019, 105; 13865078
Abstract (Summary)

The complexity and variety of ethical issues in long-term care settings are concerning because of their impact on nursing practice. The purpose of this study was to describe moral distress in nurses working in long-term care settings using Hamric’s (2012) framework. The data were obtained from one-on-one interviews with nine registered nurses and three focus-group interviews each comprising six to eight registered nurses. Hamric’s (2012) framework of moral distress and Colaizzi’s (1978) procedural steps were used for data analysis. Three themes emerged in the one-on-one and focus-group interviews, as follows: perceived loss of legitimate power, external factors were associated with contextual institutional constraints and witnessing poor judgment in the care of residents. Future research includes exploring the specific causes of moral distress and strategies to address moral distress, not only among nurses, but also among the managers, administrators, and other healthcare providers working in long-term care settings

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vargas, Maryelena
Commitee: Rossignol, Mary Carol, Yu, Boas, Guttman, Minerva S.
School: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Department: Department of Nursing
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Ethics
Keywords: Ethical dilemmas, Moral distress, Nursing, Moral agency, Long-term care setting
Publication Number: 13865078
ISBN: 9781085675079
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