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AMSN Joins The George Washington University Study: Moral Injury Among Nurses
AMSN is proud to be part of of a new research study at The George Washington University, called Moral Injury Among Nurses, which aims to help nurses, the healthcare industry, and the public understand and address moral injury among nurses. The study strives to illuminate the challenges facing nurses, and the importance of system-level changes to address these problems.
What is Moral Injury?
Moral injury is defined as “psychological, biological, spiritual, behavioral, and social impact of perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations" (Litz et al., 2009). It is one of the major causes of burnout, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and other negative effects of nursing. This concept of moral injury emphasizes system-level causes and solutions, and is distinct from the emphasis on individual resilience as a solution to the costs of caring.
As a partner, AMSN is doing its part by collecting and sharing nurses’ stories from a variety of settings. Additionally, AMSN will use the data of medical-surgical nurses' experiences of moral injury to further develop resources and education for med-surg nurses and will use these findings to amplify the system level issues you face and to advocate on your behalf.
Through the narratives of moral injury that individual nurses have experienced, the project will identify major constraints on nurses that are weakening the social conscience of the profession.
Nurses have the option of submitting written commentaries, audio or video recordings, or requesting that we contact them for a recorded interview. All stories will be anonymous, unless requested otherwise. If you are interested in participating, please submit your personal story here: http://www.gwmi.org/moralinjury.
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