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Nursing ethics

encompasses the

breadth of issues

involved in health-care

ethics, but its primary

focus is the ethics of

practice known as

everyday ethics.

Code of Ethics

for Registered Nurses

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Quality Practice Environments

Nurses and employers have an obligation to advocate for conditions that support

ethical nursing practice, including quality practice environments — for the benefit

of persons receiving care and for each other. Such environments have the necessary

organizational structures and resources to promote safety, support and respect

for all persons in the practice setting. Other health-care providers, organizations

and policy-makers at local regional, provincial/territorial, national and international

levels strongly influence ethical practice.

Advocacy

Advocacy

refers to the act of supporting or recommending

a cause or course of action, undertaken on behalf of

persons or issues. It relates to the need to improve systems

and societal structures to create greater

equity

and

better health for all. Nurses endeavour, individually and

collectively, to advocate for and work toward eliminating

social inequities.

Nurses’ Self-Reflection and Dialogue

Nurses need to recognize that they are moral agents in providing care. This means

that they have a responsibility to conduct themselves ethically in what they do and

how they interact with persons receiving care. This includes self-reflection and

dialogue. Nurses in all facets of the profession need to reflect on their practice,

on the quality of their interactions with others and on the resources they need to

maintain their own health and well-being. In particular, there is a pressing need

for nurses to work with others (i.e., other nurses, other health-care providers and

the public) to create the

moral communities

that enable the provision of safe,

compassionate, competent and ethical care.

Nursing ethics encompasses the breadth of issues involved in health-care ethics,

but its primary focus is the ethics of practice known as

everyday ethics

. Nurses

in all contexts and domains of nursing practice and at all levels of decision-making

experience situations involving ethics. The values and responsibility statements in

the

Code

are intended to support nurses in working through these experiences within

the context of their unique practice situations.