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Code of Ethics

for Registered Nurses


9. Recognizing that

vulnerable groups

in society are systemically disadvantaged

(which leads to diminished health and well-being), and advocating to improve

their quality of life while taking action to overcome barriers to health care.

10. Promoting the participation of persons considered incapable in consenting to care

in the health-related discussions and decisions that affect them (e.g., minors,

persons with impaired mental function).

11. Calling on all levels of government to acknowledge the current state of Indigenous

health in Canada and to implement health-care rights and take actions with

Indigenous people to improve their health services (TRC, 2015).

12. Supporting environmental preservation and restoration while advocating for

initiatives that reduce environmentally harmful practices in order to promote

health and well-being.

13. Advocating for the discussion of ethical issues among health-care teammembers,

persons receiving care and students, encouraging ethical reflection and working

to develop their own and others’ awareness of ethics in practice.

14. Maintaining awareness of broader

global health

concerns, such as violations of

human rights, war, world hunger, gender inequities and environmental changes,

and working and advocating (individually and with others) to bring about change

locally and globally.

15. Advocating for excellence in palliative and end-of-life care and for palliative

care options that are available to all — at home, in long-term care, acute care

and hospice care.

16. Becoming well-informed about laws (e.g., safe contraception, medical assistance

in dying) and advocating for and working with others to create policies and

processes that provide ethical guidance to all nurses.