As a nurse, you often feel pulled in many different ways — and no, we don’t simply mean the number of patients you have each day. On the one side you have your co-workers and the facility in general. There are budgets to maintain, treatment regimens to carry out and documentation to complete. Then, on the other, you have those same patients we referenced. It is these patients that look to you, not only to be their caregiver but their guardian and their subject matter expert in all things healthcare they may not understand.
In some cases these two roles will work hand-in-hand. In others, they won’t. When the needs of your patients pull against the facility's obligations, it’s quite possible you’ll feel some moral distress. If you’ve experienced a trying situation like the above or if you’re going through one right now, the ideas presented in this guide can help you navigate this potentially difficult situation.