Moral distress in community health nursing practice

Diana Guzys, Kathleen Tori, Carey Mather

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Contemporary sociopolitical circumstance impedes the delivery of primary health care in keeping with its underlying philosophy and tenets. Skills to negotiate the maintenance of best practice and quality care in an evolving practice environment are fundamental to nursing. Nurse education needs to incorporate the ideals of best practice ideology to ensure that all are prepared to negotiate the realities of nursing practice. In this discussion paper the experience of moral distress by community health nurses is used to illustrate why skills in political advocacy and action are equally essential as clinical skills in nurse education and professional practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-353
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • community health
  • moral distress
  • nursing practice
  • workforce


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