Understanding moral habitability: a framework to enhance the quality of the clinical environment as a workplace

Rebecca Vanderheide, Cheryle Moss, Susan Fiona Lee

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There is compelling evidence in the nursing literature that the workplace is experienced as morally zminhabitable for many nurses and yet the concept of moral habitability remaim underdeveloped. An integrative review on moral habitability in nursing was undertaken. The findingr reveal that the primary concepts by which nurses write and research aspects of moral habitability are moral climate, moral agency, moral semitivity and moral distress. It is revealed that nurses in their clinical work experience adversity and moral distress through relational challenges and contextual difficulties that can challenge habitability and inhibit nurses capacity to provide morally semitive patient care. The primary concepts identified provide a framework for further development of the concept of moral habitability within nursing practice. The related data within the integrative review also highlights the need for further research into enhancing and sustaining morally habitable workplaces for nurses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101 - 113
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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