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Moral Distress and Psychological Empowerment in Critical Care Nurses Caring for Adults at the End of Life

Author(s): Annette M. Browning, RN, PhD, CNS

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP C: 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2017

Topics: PalliativeEOLHWE

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Critical care nurses providing care for adults at the end of life may encounter moral distress when they cannot do what they believe is ethically correct. Psychological empowerment can decrease moral distress among critical care nurses.


  • Identify common causes of moral distress in critical care nurses who are caring for dying patients.
  • Describe the concept of psychological empowerment and the 4 cognitions it encompasses.
  • Discuss the study findings as related to the relationship between moral distress intensity and frequency, psychological empowerment, and participant demographics.

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