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If a nurse is caring for an end-of life patient, there are some situations in which they may experience moral distress.
A nurse might be taking care of a patient in terminal pain who has an order to do not resuscitate. The patient’s family may request that the patient be given high doses of pain medication, even if it could hasten the patient’s death. The nurse may believe that this is medically futile and may cause harm to the patient, but they may also feel pressure to comply with the family’s wishes, as the family is grieving and emotionally distraught.
This situation can cause moral distress for nurses as they have to choose between caring compassionately for patients and upholding the ethical principles of beneficence and non-maleficence. They may also feel conflicted about their role in supporting the patient’s autonomy and respecting their end-of-life wishes, while also balancing the concerns of the patient’s family. The situation can prove difficult for nurses to manage and will require them to consult with others healthcare professionals or ethical committees in order to solve the moral dilemma.