Facilitated ethics conversations: a novel program for managing moral distress in bedside nursing staff

JONAS Healthc Law Ethics Regul. Jan-Mar 2009;11(1):27-33. doi: 10.1097/NHL.0b013e31819a787e.


Moral distress is a prominent problem for bedside nurses, and workable solutions for managing the toll it takes are needed. We created a unit-based ethics conversations program in response to nurses' need to find ways to deal with their moral distress. We review our initial experiences in conducting more than 100 such facilitated conversations in a large hospital system.

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Counseling / methods
  • Humans
  • Indiana
  • Nursing Care / ethics*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / ethics*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Program Development
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration*