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7. When family members disagree with the decisions made by a person receiving
care, nurses assist families in gaining an understanding of the person’s decisions.
8. If a person receiving care is clearly
of consent, the nurse respects
the law on capacity assessment and substitute decision-making in the nurse’s
jurisdiction (Canadian Nurses Protective Society [CNPS], 2009).
9. For any person that is considered incapable of consenting to care, nurses
promote that person’s participation in discussions and decisions regarding their
care in a manner that is adapted to the person’s capabilities.
10. Nurses, along with other health-care providers and
, consider and respect the best interests of the person receiving care
and any previously known wishes or
advance care planning
that applies in
the situation (CNPS, 2009).
D. Honouring Dignity
Nurses recognize and respect the intrinsic worth of each person.
1. Nurses, in their professional capacity, relate to all persons receiving care with
2. Nurses support persons receiving care in maintaining their dignity and integrity.
3. In health-care decision-making, in treatment and in care, nurses work with
persons receiving care to take into account their values, customs and spiritual
beliefs, as well as their social and economic circumstances without judgment
4. Nurses intervene, and report when necessary,
when others fail to respect
the dignity of a person they are caring for or a colleague (including students),
recognizing that to be silent and passive is to condone the behaviour. They speak
up, facilitate conversation and adjudicate disputes, as appropriate/required.
5. Nurses respect the privacy of persons receiving care by providing care in a
discreet manner and by minimizing intrusions.
6. Nurses utilize practice standards, best practice guidelines, policies and research
to minimize risk and maximize safety, well-being and/or dignity for persons
See footnote 6.