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Code of Ethics

for Registered Nurses

11

Nurses are sensitive

to the inherent power

differentials between

care providers and

persons receiving

care. They do not

misuse that power to

influence decision-

making.

C. Promoting and Respecting Informed Decision-Making

Nurses recognize, respect and promote a person’s right to be informed and make

decisions.

Ethical responsibilities:

1. Nurses provide persons receiving care with the information they need to make

informed and autonomous decisions related to their health and well-being. They

also work to ensure that health information is given to those persons in an

open, accurate, understandable and transparent manner.

2. Nurses respect the wishes of

capable

persons receiving care to decline to

receive information about their health condition.

3. Nurses ensure that nursing care is provided with

the person’s informed consent. Nurses recognize

and support a capable person’s right to refuse or

withdraw

consent

for care or treatment at any time

(College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia

[CRNBC], 2017a). Nurses recognize that capable

persons receiving care may place a different

weight on individualism and may choose to defer to

family

, cultural expectations or community values

in decision-making while complying with the law

of consent.

4. Nurses are sensitive to the inherent power differentials between care providers

and persons receiving care. They do not misuse that power to influence decision-

making.

5. Nurses advocate for persons receiving care if they believe the health of those

persons is being compromised by factors beyond their control, including the

decision-making of others.

6. Nurses provide education to support the informed decision-making of capable

persons. They respect the decisions a person makes, including choice of lifestyles

or treatment that are not conducive to good health, and continue to provide care

in a non-judgmental manner.