Code of Ethics
for Registered Nurses
5. Nurses maintain their
fitness to practise
. If they are aware that they do not
have the necessary physical, mental or emotional capacity to practise safely and
competently, they withdraw from the provision of care after consulting with their
employer. If they are self-employed, they arrange for someone else to attend to
their clients’ health-care needs. Nurses then take the necessary steps to regain
their fitness to practise, in consultation with appropriate professional resources.
6. Nurses are attentive to signs that a colleague is unable, for whatever reason,
to perform their duties. In such a case, nurses will take the necessary steps to
protect the safety of persons receiving care (see Appendix B).
7. If nursing care is requested that is in conflict with the nurse’s moral beliefs
and values but in keeping with professional practice, the nurse provides safe,
compassionate, competent and ethical care until alternative care arrangements
are in place to meet the person’s needs or desires. But nothing in the Criminal
Code compels an individual to provide or assist in providing medical assistance
in dying. If nurses can anticipate a conflict with their conscience, they notify
their employers or persons receiving care (if the nurse is self-employed) in
advance so alternative arrangements can be made (see Appendix B).
8. Nurses identify and address
. They disclose actual or potential
conflicts of interest that arise in their professional roles and relationships and
resolve them in the interest of the needs and concerns of persons receiving care.
9. Nurses share their knowledge and provide feedback, mentorship and guidance
for the professional development of nursing students, novice nurses, other
nurses and other health-care providers (see Appendix B).
10. Nurses advocate for more comprehensive and
mental health care
services across age groups, socio-cultural backgrounds and geographic regions.