Code of Ethics
for Registered Nurses
7. Nurses maintain appropriate professional
and ensure their
relationships are always for the benefit of the person. They recognize the
potential vulnerability of persons receiving care and do not exploit their trust and
dependency in a way that might compromise the
They do not abuse their relationship for personal or financial gain and do not enter
into personal relationships (romantic, sexual or other) with persons receiving care.
8. In all practice settings where nurses are present, they work to relieve pain and
suffering, including appropriate and effective symptom management, to allow
persons receiving care to live and die with dignity.
9. Nurses encourage persons receiving care at the end of their life to be clear
about what they want. They listen to a person’s stories to gain greater clarity
about their goals and wishes.
10. Nurses document a person’s wishes regarding end-of-life care in order to make
their wishes and decisions clear and known to other caregivers (College of
Registered Nurses of Manitoba [CRNM], College of Licensed Practical Nurses
of Manitoba [CLPNM], & College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba
[CRPNM], 2016; College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia [CRNNS] &
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia [CLPNNS], 2016).
11. When a person receiving care is terminally ill or dying, nurses foster comfort,
alleviate suffering, advocate for adequate relief of discomfort and pain, and
assist people in meeting their goals of culturally and spiritually appropriate
care. This includes providing a palliative approach to care for the people they
interact with across the lifespan and the continuum of care, support for the
family during and following the death, and care of the person’s body after death.
12. Nurses understand the law so as to consider how they will respond to
assistance in dying
and their particular beliefs and values about such
assistance. If they believe they would conscientiously object to being involved
with persons receiving care who have requested such assistance, they discuss
this with their supervisors in advance (see Appendix B; Canada, Parliament, 2016;
College of Nurses of Ontario [CNO], 2017b; CRNM et al., 2016; CNA, 2015a).
13. Nurses treat each other, colleagues, students and other health-care providers in
a respectful manner, recognizing the power differentials among formal leaders,
colleagues and students. They work with others to honour dignity and resolve
differences in a constructive way.
14. Nurses foster a moral community in which ethical values and challenges can be
openly discussed and supported.