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The ICN Code of Ethics & The

Filipino Patients Bill of Rights

2. When it is not medically advisable to give such information to the patient.Filipino Patients Bill of Rights 1. He has the right to know by name or in person. . The patient has the right to obtain from his physician complete current information concerning his diagnosis. the medical team responsible in coordinating his care. irrespective of socio-economic status. The patient has the right to considerate & respectful care. treatment and prognosis in terms the patient can reasonably be expected to understand. The information should be made available to an appropriate person in his behalf.

Where medically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist.3. and the probable duration of incapacitation. . such information for informed consent should include but not necessarily limited to the specific procedure and or treatment. The patient has the right to receive from his physician information necessary to give informed consent prior to start of any procedure and or treatment. or when the patient requests information concerning medical alternatives. the patient has the right for such information. Except in emergencies. The patient has also the right to know the name of the person responsible for the procedure and/or treatment. the medically significant risks involved.

examination and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. The patient has the right to expect that all communication and records pertaining to his care should be treated as confidential. 5. Case discussion. The patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his own medical care program. consultation.4. The patient has the right to refuse treatment / life- giving measures. Those not directly involved in his care must have the permission of the patient to be present. . 6. to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the medical consequence of his action.

The patient has the right that within its capacity.7. a hospital must make reasonable response to the request of patient for services. The hospital must provide evaluation. service and or referral as indicated by the urgency of care. When medically permissible a patient may be transferred to another facility only after he has received complete information concerning the needs and alternatives to such transfer. The institution to which the patient is to be transferred must first have accepted the patient for transfer. .

The patient has the right to obtain as to the existence of any professional relationship among individuals. by name who are treating him. . The patient has the right to refuse or participate in such research projects. The patient has the right to obtain information as to any relationship of the hospital to other health care and to other health care and educational institutions in so far as his care is concerned. The patient has the right to be advised if the hospital proposes to engage on or perform human experimentation affecting his care or treatment. 9.8.

The patient has the right to examine and receive an explanation of his bill regardless of source of payment.10. The patient has the right to expect reasonable continuity of care. . he has the right to know in advance what appointment times the physicians are available and where. 11. The patient has the right to expect that the hospital will provide a mechanism whereby he is informed by his physician or a delegate of the physician of the patient's continuing health care requirements following discharge.

.12. The patient has the right to know what hospital rules and regulations apply to his conduct as a patient.

Nurses and the profession 4.  It has been revised and reaffirmed at various times since. Nurses and practice 3. 1.The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses  An international code of ethics for nurses was first adopted by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1953. Nurses and co-workers . most recently with this review and revision completed in 2012. Nurses and people 2.  The ICN Code of Ethics for Nurses has four principal elements that outline the standards of ethical conduct.

 Inherent in nursing is a respect for human rights. disability or illness. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age. sexual orientation. The need for nursing is universal. colour. to dignity and to be treated with respect.  Nurses render health services to the individual. culture. to prevent illness. the right to life and choice. including cultural rights. the family and the community and coordinate their services with those of related groups. to restore health and to alleviate suffering. race or social status. gender.PREAMBLE  Nurses have four fundamental responsibilities: to promote health. politics. nationality. creed. .

sufficient and timely information in a culturally appropriate manner on which to base consent for care and related treatment. the nurse promotes an environment in which the human rights. values.  The nurse holds in confidence personal information and uses judgment in sharing this information.  The nurse ensures that the individual receives accurate.ELEMENTS OF THE CODE 1. customs and spiritual beliefs of the individual. family and community are respected. Nurses and people  The nurse’s primary professional responsibility is to people requiring nursing care. .  In providing care.

trustworthiness and integrity. compassion. . access to health care and other social and economic services. responsiveness.  The nurse advocates for equity and social justice in resource allocation. in particular those of vulnerable populations.  The nurse demonstrates professional values such as respectfulness. The nurse shares with society the responsibility for initiating and supporting action to meet the health and social needs of the public.

and for maintaining competence by continual learning.  The nurse uses judgement regarding individual competence when accepting and delegating responsibility. Nurses and practice  The nurse carries personal responsibility and accountability  for nursing practice.2. .  The nurse at all times maintains standards of personal conduct which reflect well on the profession and enhance its image and public confidence.  The nurse maintains a standard of personal health such that the ability to provide care is not compromised.

dignity and rights of people. ensures that use of technology and scientific advances are compatible with the safety.  The nurse strives to foster and maintain a practice culture promoting ethical behavior and open dialogue. in providing care. . The nurse.

management.3. .  The nurse is active in developing and sustaining a core of professional values.  The nurse is active in developing a core of research- based professional knowledge that supports evidence-based practice. equitable social and economic working conditions in nursing. participates in creating a positive practice environment and maintaining safe. research and education. Nurses and the profession  The nurse assumes the major role in determining and implementing acceptable standards of clinical nursing practice. acting through the professional organization.  The nurse.

 The nurse contributes to an ethical organisational environment and challenges unethical practices and settings. The nurse practices to sustain and protect the natural environment and is aware of its consequences on health. .

families and communities when their health is endangered by a co-worker or any other person.  The nurse takes appropriate action to support and guide co-workers to advance ethical conduct.  The nurse takes appropriate action to safeguard individuals. Nurses and co-workers  The nurse sustains a collaborative and respectful relationship with co-workers in nursing and other fields. .4.