Living at Risk and Moral Distress

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In this final section, learners will engage with two concepts that are very often interrelated: (1) a patient’s decision to ‘live at risk’, and (2) moral distress. Ethical and legal perspectives on living at risk are first explored, where learners consider the delicate balance that must be struck between respecting a patient’s autonomous decisions and the nurse’s additional professional duties of beneficence and nonmaleficence. In addressing moral distress, learners will seek to understand what moral distress is, where it comes from, and the nurse’s role in addressing it. Learners will also utilize a tool developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses called: “The 4A’s to Rise Above Moral Distress.”

 

Activity #1

Watch this short lecture on Living at Risk.

Lecture Video: Living at Risk (9:36)

Lecture Guide: Living at Risk

 

Activity #2

Watch this short lecture video on Moral Distress.

Lecture Video: Moral Distress (9:27)

Lecture Guide: Moral Distress

 

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Leadership for Nurses in Clinical Settings by Dr. Kirsten Woodend, Dr. Catherine Thibeault, Dr. Manon Lemonde, Dr. Janet McCabe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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