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OJIN News -- October 6, 2010

New Topic: Moral Courage Amid Moral Distress: Strategies for Action

Volume 15, Issue 3 - September, 2010

OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing has just posted a brand new topic: Moral Courage Amid Moral Distress: Strategies for Action.

    Understanding and Addressing Moral Distress, by Elizabeth G. Epstein, PhD, RN and Sarah Delgado, MSN, RN ACNP-BC, discusses both moral distress and moral residue, a consequence of unresolved moral distress.

    Moral Courage in Healthcare: Acting Ethically Even in the Presence of Risk by Colonel John S. Murray, PhD, RN, USAF, NC, defines moral courage, describes ongoing discussions related to moral courage, explains how to recognize moral courage, and offers strategies for developing and demonstrating moral courage when faced with ethical challenges.

    Strategies Necessary for Moral Courage by Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, MBE, APRN, presents strategies for operationalizing moral courage, organizing the discussion around the CODEacronym.

    Creating Workplace Environments that Support Moral Courage by Cynthia Ann LaSala, MS, RN and Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC, describes the concept of moral courage and explores personal characteristics that promote moral courage, including moral reasoning, an ethic of care, and nursing competence.

    Moral Courage for Nurse Leaders by Cole Edmonson, MS, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, reviews sources of moral distress among nurse leaders, discusses the nurse leader's responsibility for demonstrating and supporting moral courage, identifies threats to moral courage among nurse leaders, offers strategies to promote moral courage, and makes recommendations for the continuing development of moral courage.

    Moral Distress in Academia by Kathryn M. Ganske, PhD, RN, discusses moral distress as it may occur in the academic setting. She reviews literature related to moral distress in nursing education and considers seeds of moral distress in nursing education, such as dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism; grade inflation; and incivility.

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