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ICU RN Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout Linked to Moral Distress

ICU RN Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout Linked to Moral Distress

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Job satisfaction and practice environment are associated with moral distress among critical care nurses, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in the American Journal of Critical Care.

Catherine A. Hiler, R.N., D.N.P., from Case Western University in Cleveland, and colleagues surveyed critical care nurses experienced in working with adults (more than one year of intensive care unit experience). The national sample of 328 respondents completed a demographic questionnaire, the Moral Distress Scale-Revised, and the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index.

The researchers found that 56 percent of the sample of nurses had less than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse. There was a modest correlation for moral distress with negative perceptions of the practice environment and patient safety. Significant predictors of moral distress were job satisfaction, practice environment, and the participant's age.

"Modifications of organizational factors such as the development of healthy work environments that promote collegial relationships could reduce moral distress among critical care nurses," the authors write.

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