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Moral Distress and End-of-Life Decisions in the Pediatric Setting

Sweeney, Cynthia Divens MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 2 - p 82–84
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000443
Departments: Spotlight on Leadership

What does it mean to be a “DAISY nurse”? Moral distress and end-of-life issues are difficult in any situation but, within the context of a pediatric setting, can be even more difficult. In this column, a DAISY nurse shares her thoughts on her role, her professional journey to explore moral distress and ethical decision making, and the lessons learned that led to her recognition with The DAISY Award and the joyful celebration.

Author Affiliation: Executive Director, The DAISY Foundation, Glen Ellen, California.

Ms Sweeney is employed by The DAISY Foundation.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Sweeney, The DAISY Foundation, 276 Providence Rd, Annapolis, MD 21409 (

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