Code of Ethics
for Registered Nurses
9. Nurses intervene if others inappropriately access or disclose the personal or
health information of persons who are receiving or have previously received care.
10. In the use of
, nurses safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of
persons and other colleagues (CNA, 2012).
can have on patient privacy and confidentiality,
and the professional image of individual nurses and the organizations in which
they work (CNA, 2012). They are also sensitive to ethical conduct in their use of
electronic records, ensuring accurate data entry and avoiding the falsification
or alteration of documentation.
F. Promoting Justice
Nurses uphold principles of justice by safeguarding
, equity and
and by promoting the
1. Nurses do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, ethnicity,
political and spiritual beliefs, social or marital status, gender, gender identity,
gender expression, sexual orientation, age, health status, place of origin, lifestyle,
mental or physical ability, socio-economic status, or any other attribute.
2. Nurses respect the special history and interests of Indigenous Peoples as
articulated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC)
3. Nurses refrain from judging, labelling, stigmatizing and humiliating behaviours
toward persons receiving care or toward other health-care providers, students
and each other.
4. Nurses do not engage in any form of lying, punishment or torture or any form of
unusual treatment or action that is inhumane or degrading. They refuse to be
complicit in such behaviours. They intervene, and they report such behaviours if
observed or if reasonable grounds exist to suspect their occurrence.
5. Nurses provide care for all persons including those seen as victims and/or
abusers and refrain from any form of
6. Nurses make fair decisions about the allocation of resources under their control
based on the needs of persons receiving care. They advocate for fair treatment
and fair distribution of resources.