Moral Support Is Nearby

Moral distress can have a significant impact on bedside nurses.

Attendees joined Natalie Correll-Yoder, clinical nurse specialist at North Bay Healthcare System in Fairfield, California, Wednesday, or they can attend Thursday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in room 310, to learn how nurses can help each other with issues related to moral distress in acute and critical care environments.

Moral distress can cause nurses to feel isolated, powerless and ineffective as their patient’s advocate. “Moral distress can have a lot of emotional, psychological and physical repercussions,” Correll-Yoder said. During the session “From Moral Distress to Moral Resiliency: Dealing With Ethical Issues at the Bedside,” she reviewed the definition of moral distress, identified what moral resilience looks like, reviewed coping strategies and discussed several case studies.

She also talked about tools to identify bioethical events, how to use the chain of command and how to compile helpful resources. “Addressing these things in real time and having resources to move toward resiliency is where we want people to be, so they have a foundation upon which to build,” she said. This knowledge is important for nurses to prepare themselves, build resilience and develop self-regulation strategies, so moral distress has less of a negative impact, “knowing that there are people there to support them, and that they can overcome these issues,” Correll-Yoder added.