Understand Moral Distress, Resilience, And Courage

It's day 1 of the Grow Your Resiliency challenge!

Moral resilience and moral courage are concepts designed to decrease or manage moral distress. Many health care workers may experience moral distress without being able to name it. Here’s a refresher on what these terms mean, so you can clearly recognize these experiences:

  • Moral distress is when organizational policies or procedures prevent a nurse from doing what he or she thinks is right. This dilemma, dubbed “moral distress,” can make nurses feel powerless, anxious, and even depressed. 
  • Moral courage is developing the strength to speak up about your hesitations despite the fear of repercussions.
  • Moral resilience is the internal capacity nurses have to restore and sustain their personal integrity in response to moral distress.

Our blog posts, Moral Distress: What It Is and What to Do About It and Learn How to Cultivate Moral Courage dive more deeply into these topics, including examples from real nurses. Have you had any instances of moral distress on the job? Tell us in our discussion or on Facebook.

Find this helpful? Use the social share links on this page to share it with a nurse you know and invite them to join the Grow Your Resiliency challenge. Join us on day 2.

Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Apr 9, 2019 9:01 AM America/Chicago

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