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Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses

THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR FILIPINO NURSES
What are CODES OF ETHICS?  These are systematic guides for developing ethical behavior  They answer normative questions of what beliefs and values should be normally accepted Code of Good Governance  Promulgated by the Professional Regulation Commission, July 23, 2003.  States that :  The hallmark of all professionals is their willingness to accept a set of professional and ethical principles which they follow in the conduct of their daily lives.  The acceptance of these principles requires the maintenance of a standard of conduct higher than what is required by law.  This code is adopted by the Professional Regulation Commission and the 42 Professional Regulatory Boards to cover an environment of good governance in which all Filipino professionals shall perform their duties. General Principles:  Service to Others  Integrity and Objectivity  Professional Competence  Solidarity and Teamwork  Social and Civic Responsibility  Global Competitiveness  Equality of All Professions After consultation on October 23, 2003 at Iloilo City with the accredited professional organization of registered nurses, the code was adopted under the Republic Act 9173 and promulgated by the Board of Nursing under Resolution No. 220 Series of 2004 last July 14, 2004.

ARTICLE I Preamble
Sec. 1. Health is a fundamental right of every individual. The Filipino registered nurse believes in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the primary responsibility to preserve health at all cost. The Filipino registered nurse believes in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the primary responsibility to preserve health at all cost.

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4 Ethical Principles Values. However. 3. Respect the spiritual beliefs and practices of patients regarding diet and treatment. and spiritual beliefs held by individuals shall be represented. ARTICLE II REGISTERED NURSES AND PEOPLE Sec. registered nurses have to gain knowledge and understanding of a man’s cultural. psychological. To assume this responsibility. and ecological aspects of illness. The desire for the respect and confidence of clientele. Personal information acquired in the process of giving nursing care shall be held in strict confidence. Ethical Principles 1. Sec 5. Guidelines to be observed REGISTERED NURSES MUST:     Consider the individuality and totality of patients when they administer care. Individual freedom to make rational and unconstrained decisions shall be respected. 6. colleagues. Sec 3. social. customs. utilizing the therapeutic process. Accurate documentation of actions and outcomes of delivered care is the hallmark of nursing accountability. Human life is inviolable. 2. and Take into consideration the culture and values of patients in providing nursing care. and the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. Uphold the rights of individuals. spiritual. ARTICLE III REGISTERED NURSES AND PRACTICE Sec. co-workers. Cultural diversity and political and socio-economic status are inherent factors to effective nursing care.Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses Sec 2. in the conflicts. Managing Ethical Issues at Work Page 2 . their welfare and safety must take precedence. Quality and excellence in the care of patients are the goals of nursing practice.

No. known as the “Philippine Nursing Act of 2002” and Board Res. i. Sec. 11. Sec. h. c. f. moral and legal dimensions. the “Rules and Regulations Implementing the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002”. be normally and legally responsible for devising a system of minimizing occurrences of ineffective and unlawful nursing practice. 8. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurses must: a. Ethical Principle 4. If in position of authority in a work environment. Managing Ethical Issues at Work Page 3 . ethical.A. b. Series of 2003. regulations. They strive to perform their work in the best interest of all concerned. Provide the patients or their families with all pertinent information except those may be deemed harmful to their well-being and c. 9. Ethical Principle 5. be responsible in providing favorable environment for the growth and development of Registered Nurses in their charge. Sec. 10. Be cognizant that professional programs for specialty certification by the BON are accredited through the Nursing Specialty Certification Council (NSCC). Be aware of their duties and responsibilities in the practice of their profession as defined in the “Philippine Nursing Act of 2002” and the IRR. See to it that quality nursing care and practice meet the optimum standard of safe nursing practice. rules. 425. Respect the “Patient’s Bill of Rights” in the delivery of nursing care. skills and attitudes to effectively render appropriate nursing services through varied learning situations. g. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurses must a. d.Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses Sec. Perform their professional duties in conformity with existing laws. Uphold the patient’s rights when conflict arises regarding management of their care. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurses must a. b. (the IRR). No. If they are administrators. Sec. 9173. and generally accepted principle of moral conduct and proper decorum. measures. Acquire and develop the necessary competence in knowledge. Know the definition and scope of nursing practice which are in the provisions of R. Registered Nurses are the advocates of the patients: they shall take appropriate steps to safeguard their rights and privileges. Ensure that patient’s records shall be available only if they are to be issued to those who are professionally and directly involved in their care and when they are required by law. e.7. Registered Nurses are aware that their actions have professional. Insure that modification of practice shall consider the principles of safe nursing practice.

Respect the rights of their co-workers.14. and take active roles in primary health care. national. projects. 2. c. b. d. Honor and safeguard the reputation and dignity of the members of nursing and other profession. c. Actively participate in professional organization.Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses ARTICLE IV REGISTERED NURSE AND CO-WORKERS Sec. Ethical Principles 1. refrain from making unfair and unwarranted comments or criticisms on their competence. ethico-legal standards. 2. Sec.12. or not do anything that will bring discredit to a colleague and to an member of other professions. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurse must a. as such. be involved in community concerns. The Registered Nurse maintains collegial and collaborative working relationship with colleagues and other health care providers. and activities that respond to the problems of society. Be conscious of their obligations as citizens and. Conform with the group activities as those of a health team should be based in acceptable. f. and international efforts to meet health and social needs of the people as a contributing member of society is a noble concern of a Registered Nurse. Leads their lives in conformity with the principles of right conduct and proper decorum. Sec.13. Actively participate in programs. The establishment of linkages with the public in promoting local. Maintain their professional role/identity while working with other members of the health team. and g. b.15. and e. Ethical Principles 1. and procedures. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurse must a. Be equipped with knowledge of health resources within the community. Contribute to the professional growth and development of other members of the health team. Project an image that will uplift the nursing profession at all times. SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT Sec. Managing Ethical Issues at Work Page 4 . Not act in any manner prejudicial to other professions. respect for human rights. conduct. d. The Registered Nurse is in solidarity with other members of the healthcare team in working for the patient’s best interest. ARTICLE V REGISTERED NURSE. The preservation of life. e. and promotion of healthy environment shall be a commitment of a Registered Nurse.

c. 3. Assert for the implementation of labor and work standards. Participate actively in the growth and development of the nursing profession.Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses ARTICLE VI REGISTERED NURSE AND THE PROFESSION Sec.IV of R. Contribution to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions and general welfare of nurses through appropriate legislation is a practice and visionary mission.17. No. 9173 and Sec.23 (f). 23 (f). 2. Ethical Principles 1.16. Maintenance of loyalty to the nursing profession and preservation of its integrity are ideal. 4. rule III of Board Res. the IRR.A. Be members of the accredited professional organization which is the PNA. REPEALING CLAUSE AND EFFECTIVITY Section 18. Strive to secure equitable-economic and work conditions in nursing through appropriate legislation and other means. Sec. Managing Ethical Issues at Work Page 5 . The Certificate of Registration of the Registered Nurse shall either be revoked or suspend for violation of any provisions of this Code pursuant to Sec. Guidelines to be observed Registered Nurse must a. ARTICLE VII ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES. Commitment to continual learning and active participation in the development and growth of the profession are commendable obligations. Series of 2003. No. and e. Strictly adhere to the nursing standards. b. d. Compliance with the by-laws of the accredited professional organization (PNA) and other professional organizations of which Registered Nurse is a member is a lofty duty. 425. Art.