NCPD Article

Strategies to Mitigate Moral Distress in Oncology Nursing

Joaquin Buitrago

oncology nurse, moral distress, moral, resilience, burnout, ethical dilemmas
CJON 2023, 27(1), 87-91. DOI: 10.1188/23.CJON.87-91

Because of prolonged exposure to ethical dilemmas, including the inability to control pain, uncertainties in goals of care, and transition to end-of-life care, moral distress remains a problem for oncology nurses. Caring for patients and families under these uncertainties takes an emotional toll on oncology nurses. These work-related experiences inherent in the oncology setting are associated with moral distress in nurses that may lead to burnout and have a detrimental effect on their health and well-being.

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