Code of Ethics
for Registered Nurses
9. Recognizing that
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
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.