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Canadian Nurses Association

7. Nurses advocate for evidence-informed decision-making in their practice including,

for example, evidence for best practices in staffing and assignment, best care for

particular health conditions and best approaches to

health promotion

.

8. Nurses work collaboratively to develop a moral community. As part of this

community, all nurses acknowledge their responsibility to contribute to positive

and healthy practice environments. Nurses support a climate of trust that

sponsors openness, encourages the act of questioning the status quo and

supports those who speak out in good faith to address concerns (e.g.,

whistle-

blowing

). Nurses protect whistle-blowers who have provided reasonable

grounds for their concerns.

G. Being Accountable

Nurses are accountable for their actions and answerable for their practice.

Ethical responsibilities:

1. Nurses, as members of a self-regulating profession, practise according to the

values and responsibilities in the

Code

and in keeping with the professional

standards, laws and regulations supporting ethical practice.

2. Nurses are honest and practise with integrity in all of their professional

interactions. Nurses represent themselves clearly with respect to name, title

and role.

3. Nurses practise within the limits of their competence. When aspects of care are

beyond their level of competence, they seek additional information or knowledge,

report to their supervisor or a competent practitioner and/or request a different

work assignment. In the meantime, nurses remain with the person receiving care

until another nurse is available.

4. Nurses are accountable for their practice and work together as part of teams.

When the acuity, complexity or variability of a person’s health condition

increases, nurses assist each other (LPNAPEI et al., 2014).