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Code of Ethics

for Registered Nurses

Contents

Acknowledgements

1

Purpose of the Code

2

Foundation of the Code

3

Using the Code in Nursing Practice

4

Ethical Types of Experiences and Situations

6

Part I. Nursing Values and Ethical Responsibilities

8

A. Providing Safe, Compassionate, Competent and Ethical Care

8

B. Promoting Health and Well-Being

10

C. Promoting and Respecting Informed Decision-Making

11

D. Honouring Dignity

12

E. Maintaining Privacy and Confidentiality

14

F. Promoting Justice

15

G. Being Accountable

16

Part II. Ethical Endeavours Related to Broad Societal Issues

18

Glossary

20

Appendix A. Ethical Models

28

An Ethical Model for Reflection: Questions to Consider

28

Other Models and Guides for Ethical Reflection and Decision-Making:

Resources and Applications

31

Appendix B. Applying the Code in Selected Circumstances

33

Responding Ethically to Incompetent, Non-Compassionate, Unsafe or

Unethical Care

33

Ethical Considerations in Addressing Expectations That Are in Conflict

with One’s Conscience

35

Ethical Considerations for Nurses in a Natural or Human-Made Disaster,

Communicable Disease Outbreak or Pandemic

38

Ethical Considerations in Relationships with Nursing Students

41

Acting Ethically in Situations That Involve Job Action

43

References

44