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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
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.,
). 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.
1. Nurses, as members of a self-regulating profession, practise according to the
values and responsibilities in the
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
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).