Describe a clinical situation in which a registered nurse may encounter moral distress. Answer the AACN’s Four A’s found on page 84 in your Butts and Rich text to further explain the situation, and the possible mitigation strategies.

Discussion Prompt #1

Describe a clinical situation in which a registered nurse may encounter moral distress. Answer the AACN’s Four A’s found on page 84 in your Butts and Rich text to further explain the situation, and the possible mitigation strategies.

Four years earlier the AACN ethics work group developed a call-to-action plan titled The Four A’s to Rise Above Moral Distress (2004). Nurses use the Four A’s plan as a guide to identify and analyze moral distress:

• Ask appropriate questions to become aware that moral distress is present.

• Affirm your distress and commitment to take care of yourself and address moral distress.

• Assess sources of your moral distress to prepare for an action plan.

• Act to implement strategies for changes to preserve your integrity and authenticity.

Preventing moral distress requires nurses to recognize the at-risk dynamics and issues. An environment of good communication and respect for others is essential for decreasing the likelihood of experiencing moral distress.

Discussion Prompt #2

Describe different ways that social media use can violate ethical nursing practices. How can ethical social media use be beneficial to health care professionals and their patients?

Based on your Ashford University major of study (e.g., Health Information Management, Nursing, Health Administration, Health and Human Services or Public Health) analyze benefits, risks, and operational issues associated with these informatics systems and exchange of data in these settings