Pulling the heartstrings, arguing the case: a narrative response to the issue of moral agency in moral distress.

Walsh, Aileen (2010) Pulling the heartstrings, arguing the case: a narrative response to the issue of moral agency in moral distress. Journal of Medical Ethics. ISSN 0306-6800

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Abstract

In this paper it is argued that moral distress is an emotional response to an ethical dilemma, and that to date the literature has largely failed to address the fundamental questions that need to be answered in response to this emotional response. Firstly does moral distress accurately identify a wrong being done to patients? Secondly, if it does, can nurses carry out this ‘wrong doing’ but not be responsible for the consequences of their actions? A narrative that reflects the emotional nature of moral distress is presented, with the aim of providing some answers to these questions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Walsh, A., 2010. Pulling the heartstrings, arguing the case: a narrative response to the issue of moral agency in moral distress. Journal of Medical Ethics, 36(12), pp.746-749.
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Care (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 13:19
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:49
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/131874

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