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Borhani F, Mohammadi S, Roshanzadeh M. Moral distress and its relationship with professional stress in nurses. ijme. 2014; 6 (6) :10-19
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1- Assistant Professor Medical Ethics and Law Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Scieneces, Tehrna, Iran
2- MS Ethics and Law Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Scieneces, Tehrna, Iran
3- MSc Birjanjd University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran , mroshanzadeh62@gmail.com
Abstract:   (5086 Views)
Moral distress is an important issue in the field of medical ethics that can have serious effects on nurses, patients and health organizations. One of the most common effects of this phenomenon is professional stress in nurses. Stressful situations in nurses’ job environment lead to burnout and dissatisfaction, and adversely affect the quality of care.This was a cross-sectional study aimed to determine the relationship between moral distress and professional stress in 220 nurses of educational hospitals in the city of Birjand. Data were collected using a 51-item questionnaire based on Corley’s Moral Distress Scale and Wolfgang’s Health Professions Stress Inventory. Reliability and validity of the questionnaire were assessed by the researchers, and its reliability was calculated using Cronbach’s alpha (93%).The results indicated a positive relationship between moral distress and professional stress (P<0/05, r = 0/8). Intensity and frequency of moral distress and professional stress were reported average.Moral distress and professional stress were reported at a frequency and severity of moderate size. Findings of this study can provide guidelines for educating nurses on this phenomenon and the conditions leading to it. They may also be used to develop management strategies and establish organizations to prevent and minimize the consequences of these phenomena in nurses.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Nursing ethics
Received: 2014/02/8 | Accepted: 2014/02/8 | Published: 2014/02/8

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