Relation between moral distress and Work engagement in nurse’s cross-sectional-correlation study

Abbas Abbas Zadeh, Fariba Borhani, Golnaz Foroogh Ameri, Sareh Najmi Dolat-Abadi



Nurses are confronted with practice dilemmas that evoke distress. Moral distress understood as a functional concern. Work engagement is an approach to gaining better understanding of nurses' work experiences. The purpose of this study identifies relation between moral distress and work engagement in nurses.

This study designed with Cross-sectional correlation method. Data were collected using the moral distress scale and Utrecht Work Engagement Scale. The instruments were distributed 184 nurses who work in Sirjan's hospitals. The findings indicate that nurses experienced average intensity moral distress and there is significant positive correlation between intensity moral distresses with frequency moral distress. Also show the significant positive correlation between moral distress and work engagement (p=0.011, R=0.188). So we recommend nursing managers to plan strategies in order to increase nurses Work Engagement and experience less moral distress.


Moral distress; Work Engagement; Nurses

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