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Canadian Nurses Association


The glossary is intended to provide nurses with a common language for

their reflections, discussions and actions related to nursing ethics.


not necessarily providing formal definitions, the glossary presents information in a

manner and language that is meant to be helpful and accessible.

Advance care planning:

an ongoing process of reflection, communication and

documentation regarding a person’s values and wishes for future health and personal

care in the event they become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or

other care. Conversations to inform health-care providers, family and friends — and

especially a substitute decision-maker — are regularly reviewed and updated. Such

conversations often clarify their wishes for future care and options for their end of

life. Attention must also be paid to provincial/territorial legal and health guidelines

(CNA, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association [CHPCA], & Canadian Hospice

Palliative Care Nurses Group [CHPC-NG], 2015).


actively supporting a right and good cause; supporting others in speaking

for themselves or speaking on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.


a boundary in the nurse-person relationship is the point at which

the relationship changes from professional and therapeutic to unprofessional and

personal (College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta [CARNA], 2011;


professional boundaries




workplace bullying



being able to understand and appreciate the consequences of various

options and make informed decisions about one’s own life, care and treatment.


to build consensus and work together on common goals, processes

and outcomes (RNAO, 2006).


all health-care providers and nurses working in all domains of practice.


the ability to recognize and be aware of the suffering and

vulnerability of another, coupled with a commitment to respond with competence,

knowledge and skill.