Our aim is to conduct a research study that will inform policies and programs that seek to improve the working conditions of nurses. We are doing this by collecting and analyzing stories from nurses at all levels (bedside, executive level, teaching, etc.) and a variety of settings.
To share stories, nurses have the option of:
We are also developing a network of nurse "citizen researchers" to help collect stories. Tips for interviewing and question prompts are available. The identity of research participants will remain anonymous, unless requested otherwise. Learn more
What is Moral Injury?
Moral injury is defined as “psychological, biological, spiritual, behavioral, and social impact of perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations" (Litz et al., 2009). It is one of the major causes of burnout, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and other negative effects of nursing. This concept of moral injury emphasizes system-level causes and solutions, and is distinct from the emphasis on individual resilience as a solution to the costs of caring.
Funding and Support
This project is funded and supported by the generosity of organizations committed to battling moral injury. We are currently inviting partners to help support the project through a financial contribution to The Moral Injury Fund, and/or helping to recruit nurses to share their stories and disseminating findings. Learn more about becoming a partner.