PURPOSE. The purpose of this study was to
investigate moral distress in Irish psychiatric
DESIGN. A qualitative descriptive methodology
FINDINGS. The study confirmed the presence of
moral distress and the situations that gave rise
to moral distress within psychiatric nurses
working in acute care settings.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. The findings indicate
that while multidisciplinary teams appear to
function well on the surface, situations that give
rise to moral distress are not always
acknowledged or dealt with effectively.
Furthermore, unresolved moral conflict impacts
upon the quality of clinical decision-making by
not allowing open and transparent discussions
that allow clinicians the opportunity to address
their concerns adequately.