The nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.
The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, community, or population.
The nurse promotes, advocates for, and protects the rights, health, and safety of the patient.
The nurse has authority, accountability, and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions; and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and to provide optimal care.
The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence, and continue personal and professional growth.
The nurse, through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.
The nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.
The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.
The profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession, and integrate the principle of social justice into nursing and health policy.
Section 2: Application of Ethical Principles to your Professional Code of Ethics
This provision is based on the principle of respect for autonomy and the patient’s self-determination. All nurses must discharge their duties responsibly while respecting the patient’s decisions and attributes. In other words, a nurse can only conduct procedures with the patient’s informed consent. He or she must be informed of the benefits and dangers of the process.
Under this provision, nurses have obligations to their patients to provide quality holistic care. They must ensure their patient’s safety and that of the surrounding community. In essence, the nurses must not harm their patients through acts of commission or omission. This provision is in accordance with the principle of beneficence. This principle requires the caregivers act in a way that benefits the patient.
This provision requires the nurses to play leading roles in advocating for patients’ rights and safety. Besides offering medical support, the nurses and other medical practitioners must push for the constant reforms in the health sector to meet the changing environment. This provision is in line with the principle of nonmaleficence. Nonmaleficence requires that the medical practitioners defend their patients and protect them from any potential harm.
The provision is based on the principle of accountability as all nurses must take responsibility for their actions. Nurses and other medical practitioners are responsible for all their professional actions. They are also liable for all the mistakes that occur while performing their duties.
Under this provision, the nurses must take care of themselves just like they do to other people. They have to enjoy workplace safety, portray integrity, and also professional growth. In other words, they too must enjoy job satisfaction just as the patients.
The provision proposes that nurses are responsible for collectively creating a safe environment for their practice. The environment must promote safety and quality of care delivery to the patients. For instance, they must create an effective communication channel between themselves and other caregivers.
This provision is founded on the principle of fidelity to the nursing profession. It requires that nurses have a collective responsibility to improve their practice through evidence-based studies. Fidelity to the profession requires that we collectively work towards improving our professional practices.
This provision emphasizes the corporation between the nurses and other health professionals to enhance health diplomacy. In addition, the collaboration helps in minimizing health disparities thus promoting the quality of care delivery.
Nurses must create their professional values to promote fairness in service delivery. Patients with similar conditions get equal treatment regardless of their backgrounds. This provision is based on the principle of Justice.
The ANA code of ethics omits the principle of veracity that demands the nurses to provide the whole truth to their patients. It should be included to promote openness on information sharing between the nurses and their patients.
Grading Rubric for Code of Ethics Assignment (50 possible points)
Bull’s Eye On Target Getting Close Missed the Mark Points Application of Ethical Principles 30 points Thorough job of analyzing each rule of the professional code of ethics and relating it to ethical principles/ terms. The content is written clearly and is directly related to all elements of the assigned task with no errors. 19-29 points Identifies most of the principles/terms implied or stated in professional code of ethics. The content could have been written more clearly. Could have elaborated further on some or all rules. 8-18 points Identifies some of the principles/terms implied or stated in professional code of ethics. The content could have been written much more clearly. More elaboration needed. 0-7 points Fails to identify a number of ethical principles/terms implied or stated in professional code of ethics. The content poorly written. Much more elaboration needed. Organization 8-10 points Follows instructions for organization of assignment. (Section 1, Section 2.a. and b. with headings). 5-7 points Follows some of the instructions for organization of assignment. 3-6 points Follows at least one of the instructions for organization of assignment. 0-3 points Follows none of the instructions for organization of assignment. Format 10 points Follows all formatting instructions (typed, double spaced, size 12 font, name, etc. in top right hand corner). All formatting correct (i.e. Section 1: _________ Code of Ethics, etc.) 7 points No more than two errors in formatting instructions (typed, double spaced, size 12 font, name, etc. in top right hand corner). All formatting correct (i.e. Section 1: _________ Code of Ethics, etc.) 5 points No more than three errors in formatting instructions (typed, double spaced, size 12 font, name, etc. in top right hand corner). All formatting correct (i.e. Section 1: _________ Code of Ethics, etc.) 1 points Four or more errors in formatting instructions (typed, double spaced, size 12 font, name, etc. in top right hand corner). All formatting correct (i.e. Section 1: _________ Code of Ethics, etc.) Conventions 5 points Writing demonstrates understanding of proper grammar and use of punctuation throughout. No errors. 7 points Writing has three or less grammatical errors and/or incorrect uses of punctuation. More paragraphs needed. 5 points Writing has between four and six grammatical errors and/or incorrect uses of punctuation. More paragraphs needed. 1 points The number of grammatical and punctuation errors significantly detracts from the readability of the paper. (Seven or more.)Few paragraphs. Spelling 5 points All words are spelled correctly. No malapropisms. 7 points Three or less misspelled words and/or malapropisms. 5 points Between four and six misspelled words and/or malapropisms. 1 points The number of spelling errors and/or malapropisms significantly detracts from the readability of the paper.