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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1989 Nov-Dec;18(6):513-9.

Moral distress: a labor and delivery nurse's experience.

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Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.


Moral distress occurs when nurses make moral decisions they cannot implement. This article contains a true account of such a case. A nurse was present at the delivery of a premature infant who was allowed to expire without intervention. A moral distress equation is used as a framework for describing the nurse's experience and its effects on her and her patient care.

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