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American Nurses Association Code of Ethics

American Nurses Association Code of Ethics

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American Nurses Association Code of Ethics
 The nurse provides services with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of theclient, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or thenature of health problems.
 
The nurse safeguards the client's right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of aconfidential nature.
 
The nurse acts to safeguard the client and the public when health care and safety areaffected by the incompetent, unethical or illegal practice of any person.
 
The nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgements andactions.
 
The nurse maintains competence in nursing.
 
The nurse exercises informed judgement and uses individual competence and qualificationsas criteria in seeking consultation, accepting responsibilities, and delegating nursing activities toothers.
 
The nurse participates in activities that contribute to the ongoing development of theprofession's body of knowledge.
 
The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to implement and improve standards of nursing.
 
The nurse participates in the profession's effort to establish and maintain conditions of employment conducive to high quality nursing care.
 
The nurse participates in the profession's effort to protect the public from misinformationand misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing.
 
The nurse collaborates with members of the health professions and other citizens inpromoting community and national efforts to meet the health needs of the public.
 
BO
ARD
OF
NURSING
B
oard Resolution No. 220Series of 2004
PR
OM
ULGATI
O
N
OF
THE C
O
DE
OF
ETHICS
FO
R REGISTERED NURSESWHEREAS,
the
B
oard of Nursing has the power to promulgate a Code of Ethics forRegistered Nurses in coordination and consultation with the accreditedprofessional organization (Sec. 9, (g), Art. III of R.A. No. 9173, known as thePhilippine Nursing Act of 2002);
WHEREAS
, in the formulation of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, the Code of Good Governance for the Professions in the Philippines was utilized as theprinicipal basis therefor: All the principles under the said Code were adopted andintegrated into the Code of Ethics as they apply to the nursing profession;
WHEREAS,
the promulgation of the said Code as a set of guidelines, regulations ormeasures shall be subject to approval by the Commission (Sec. 9, Art. II of R.A.No. 9173); and
WHEREAS,
the
B
oard, after consultation on October 23, 2003 at Iloilo City with theaccredited professional organization of registered nurses, the Philippine NursesAssociation, Inc (PNA), and other affiliate organizations of Registered Nurses,decided to adopt a new Code of Ethics under the afore-mentioned new Law;
N
O
W, THERE
FO
RE,
the
B
oard hereby resolved, as it now resolves, to promulgate thehereunder Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses:
ARTICLE IPREA
MB
LESECTI
O
N 1.
Health is a fundamental right of every individual. The Filipino registered nurse,believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the primaryresponsibility to preserve health at all cost. This responsibility encompasses promotion of health, prevention of illness, alleviation of suffering, and restoration of health. However,when the foregoing are not possible, assistance towards a peaceful death shall be his/herobligation.
SECTI
O
N 2.
To assume this responsibility, registered nurses have to gain knowledge andunderstanding of mans cultural, social, spiritual, physiological, psychological, andecological aspects of illness, utilizing the therapeutic process. Cultural diversity andpolitical and socio-economic status are inherent factors to effective nursing care.
SECTI
O
N 3.
The desire for the respect and confidence of clientele, colleagues, co-workers, andthe members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highestpossible degree of ethical conduct.
ARTICLE IIREGISTERED NURSES AND PE
O
PLESECTI
O
N 4.Ethical Principles
1. Values, customs, and spiritual beliefs held by individuals shall be respected.
 
2. Individual freedom to make rational and unconstrained decisions shall berespected.3. Personal information acquired in the process of giving nursing care shall be heldin strict confidence.
SECTI
O
N 5.Guidelines to be observed:REGISTERED Nurses must
a. consider the individuality and totality of patients when they administercare.b. respect the spiritual beliefs and practices of patients regarding diet andtreatment.c. uphold the rights of individuals.d. take into consideration the culture and values of patients in providingnursing care. However, in the event of conflicts, their welfare and safetymust take precedence.
ARTICLE IIIREGISTERED NURSES AND PRACTICESECTI
O
N 6.Ethical Principles
1. Human life is inviolable.2. Quality and excellence in the care of the patients are the goals of nursing practice.3. Accurate documentation of actions and outcomes of delivered care is the hallmarkof nursing accountability.
SECTI
O
N 7.Guidelines to be observed:REGISTERED Nurses must
a. know the definition and scope of nursing practice which are in theprovisions of R. A. No. 9173, known as the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 and
B
oard Res. No. 425, Series of 2003, the Rules andRegulations Implementing the Philippine Nursing Act.of 2002, (theIRR).b. be aware of their duties and responsibilities in the practice of theirprofession as defined in the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 and theIRR.c. acquire and develop the necessary competence in knowledge, skills, andattitudes to effectively render appropriate nursing services through variedlearning situations.d. if they are administrators, be responsible in providing favorableenvironment for the growth and developments of Registered Nurses intheir charge.e. be cognizant that professional programs for specialty certification by the
B
ON are accredited through the Nursing Specialty Certification Council(NSCC).g. see to it that quality nursing care and practice meet the optimum standard

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