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A theoretical argumentation on the consequences of moral stress.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 15, no 4, 458-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Intensive care units are characterized by heavy workloads, increasing work complexity and ethical concerns related to life-and-death decisions. In the present study, it is assumed that there is a relationship between moral stress, support and competence for nurses in intensive care units. AIM: To analyse and describe the theoretical relationship between moral stress and support on the one hand and competence on the other, in the context of intensive care. METHOD: A form of qualitative secondary analysis based on the findings from three original studies. In the analytic process a theory on professional competence was used. FINDINGS: The findings suggest that imbalance due to moral stress between different competences hinders the development of collectively shared caring competence. CONCLUSIONS: Moral stress cannot be totally eliminated in the intensive care unit. But moral stress is not only a problem. It can also become a driving force to stimulate competence.

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2007. Vol. 15, no 4, 458-65 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-108DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00764.xPubMedID: 17456175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-108DiVA: diva2:319140
Available from: 2010-05-14 Created: 2010-05-14 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved

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