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Code of Ethics

for Registered Nurses

3

Foundation of the Code

Nursing ethics is concerned with how broad societal issues affect health

and well-being.

This means that nurses endeavour to maintain an awareness of

aspects of

social justice

that affect the

social determinants of health

and

well-

being

and to advocate for improvements. Although these elements are not part of

nurses’ regulated responsibilities, they are part of ethical practice and are important

educational and motivational tools for all nurses.

The

Code

is organized into two parts:

Part I. Nursing Values and Ethical Responsibilities

— describes the ethical

responsibilities central to ethical nursing practice articulated through seven primary

values and responsibility statements. These statements are grounded in nurses’

professional relationships with persons receiving care as well as with students,

nursing colleagues and other health-care providers. The seven primary values are:

A. Providing safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care

B. Promoting

health

and well-being

C. Promoting and respecting informed decision-making

D. Honouring dignity

E. Maintaining

privacy

and

confidentiality

F. Promoting

justice

G. Being accountable

Part II. Ethical Endeavours Related to Broad Societal Issues

— describes

activities nurses can undertake to address social inequities. Ethical nursing practice

involves endeavouring to address broad aspects of social justice that are associated

with health and well-being.

Part I. Nursing Values and

Ethical Responsibilities

Part II. Ethical Endeavours Related

to Broad Societal Issues