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Moral Distress Survey

Dear Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses Member,


I’m completing my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) course work at the University of Virginia. As part of my final capstone project, I have chosen to examine the experience of moral distress in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Virginia.


According to a recent Gallop poll, many people believe that nurses have a high to very high standard of honesty and ethics. This high ethical standard at times can cause an internal conflict when constraints within the work place do not allow the nurse to care for their patients in a way that the nurse believes is ethical. This can lead to moral distress, which can lead the nurse to experience emotional and physical pain. This phenomenon has been extensively studied in critical care nurses. Internationally, a limited amount of research exists on this phenomenon within the context of psychiatric nurses. This study will be the first study that will examine moral distress in psychiatric nurses in the United States. Given your expertise in psychiatric nursing in Virginia, you are the ideal candidate to participate in this research.


The results of this study will inform nursing practice and provide useful information to Nursing Organizations, Healthcare and Educational Systems in developing interventions to address moral distress. I also intend to share this information with VACPN at the Annual Conference.

The study consists of a survey that will be administered to participants online.


Participation in this survey will require approximately 10 minutes of your time.

At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle in which two winners will be chosen to receive a $25 Visa gift card.


Your information will be anonymous. If you wish to participate in this study please click the link below by February 13, 2016 to be taken to the survey. All instructions will be provided on the website.


If you wish to discuss the survey or are unable to access it, please contact me by email at or by phone at 301-788-5608. Alternatively you my contact my Committee Chair, Dr. Edie Barbero at


Thank you for your time and consideration.



Stacey Lambour, DNPc, PMHNP-BC

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