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dc.contributor.supervisor Hagen, Brad F.
dc.contributor.author Wojtowicz, Bernadine
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-01T04:46:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-01T04:46:48Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3240
dc.description vii, 139 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to gain a richer understanding of the experiences of moral distress for nursing students within the context of psychiatric-mental health clinical placements, examine strategies students use to effectively manage distress, and explore student and instructor roles as agents of change to reduce the negative impact of moral distress. Nursing students and instructors engaged in semi-structured interviews and focus groups, respectively, to examine the complexities of this phenomenon. This study utilized second-person action research based on Jürgen Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action. Findings indicated that nursing students experience moral distress when they are powerless and lack role models to follow in taking action to address situations that are “not right”. Nursing instructors acknowledge their responsibility to prepare students for practice, but are also powerless as “guests” within the practice setting and are powerless to effect change on a hierarchical medical system. Findings indicate that both nursing education and health care institutions must make changes in their approaches to practice if they wish to empower nursing professionals to provide safe, competent, and ethical care to patients. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, c2012 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences) en_US
dc.subject Psychiatric nursing -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject Psychiatric nursing -- Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject Psychiatric nurses -- Job stress en_US
dc.subject Psychiatric nurses -- Training of en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Moral distress during psychiatric clinical placements : perspectives of nursing students and their instructors en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US
dc.degree.level Masters


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