Background: Studies have shown that the moral distress experienced by nurses affects patient outcomes and staff engagement.
Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement initiative was to implement a process for staff to cope with moral distress.
Methods: The 21-item Moral Distress Scale–Revised (MDS-R) was administered pre- and postintervention to a sample of 56 oncology nurses to assess moral distress and whether it was alleviated with the use of mindfulness interventions. Chi-square analysis compared the frequency of morally distressing situations.
Findings: Moral distress was identified, with the finding that mindfulness interventions decreased nurse perceptions of distress. Healthcare providers offering a false sense of hope was the most frequently reported situation. Postintervention MDS-R survey results reflected a decrease in frequency of distress.