I was afraid that's what it would look like but that was not my intention. I felt that leaving the article would help because moral distress can be interpreted differently. I should have phrased it better. It is for an assignment where they want us to interview a nurse and have them answer these questions. So I would like your personal opinions because I do not have the experience you do. I can only imagine the moral distress you may have experienced. But I will put my answers so you can know what I think.
1)Moral distress for me is being put in a situation that I feel is ethically wrong where I feel there is a better action available. Where an inner struggle ensues between doing the right thing vs. following hospital protocol.
2) Good characteristics would be to have courage and resilience because nursing will be challenging. To use sound judgment, to be empathetic, and caring. To be someone that practices the golden rule which is to treat others how you would want to be treated.
3) During my time in nursing school they are encouraging us to speak up, to question the system. I think as a nurse when you feel moral distress, that is your moral compass telling you something feels off. I would be resilient and speak up for the patient and do my best to advocate for them.
4) For example, in my past job I have seen many family members make decisions to prolong a life when the patient clearly verbally objected. But since the patient is older, and deemed as incompetent due to a mental disease, doctors and nurses have followed with care at the insistence of the family. I have seen the inner struggle of nurses having to provide tube feeding, give medications, while the patient is saying just let me die.