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Moral Distress Experienced by Nurses in South Korea: An Integrated Review

Park, Bohyun ORD ID 1 Younjae Oh 2

1창원대학교
2한림대학교

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ABSTRACT

Nurses are frequently faced with ethical dilemmas in their nursing practice. Nurse can experience moral distress when they know the morally correct response to a situation but cannot act accordingly because of institutional or hierarchical constraints. The aim of this integrated review was to synthesize the available quantitative and qualitative evidence in the literature on moral distress experienced by nurses. We appraised seven articles published between January 1984 and December 2015. This review revealed that many nurses in South Korea experience moral distress associated with difficult care situations and feel negative psychological symptoms, which can have an impact on their job performance. Further research is required to examine workplace strategies to support nurses in these situations and to develop coping strategies for dealing with moral distress.

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