Ethics have ICU nurses thinking of quitting

As many as 18% of current intensive care unit nurses surveyed want to leave their jobs in part due to their personal ethics clashing with their superiors’ orders.

Dr. Peter Dodek, a researcher and ICU physician from the St. Paul’s Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, surveyed 428 nurses at 13 hospitals in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, along with a smaller number of health support staff and doctors on what he calls the “moral distress” they feel at work.

“It’s the tension that’s created when there’s a difference between what somebody thinks they should be doing versus what they’re being told to do,” he said.

Michael Mui reports.

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