BON Res. # 220 s. 2004 – Promulgation of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (amended code of ethics for nurses)
Sec. 1 – Health is a fundamental right of the individual (4-fold responsibilities & if not possible assistance towards a peaceful death
Sec 2 – Nurses have to gain knowledge & understanding of man’s cultural, social, spiritual, psychological, & ecological aspects of illness utilizing the therapeutic process.
Sec. 3 – The desire for respect & confidence of clientele, colleagues, co-workers, & the members of the community provide the incentive to attain & maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct.
Article II - Registered Nurses and People (Service to Others)
1. Values, customs & spiritual beliefs held by the individual shall be represented
2. Individual freedom to make rational & unconstrained decision shall be respected.
3. Personal information acquired in the process of giving nursing care shall be in strict confidence.
Article III – Registered Nurse and Practice (Integrity and Objectivity)
1. Human life is inviolable
2. Quality & excellence in the care of the patients are the goals of nursing practice
3. Accurate documentation of actions & outcomes of delivered care is the hallmark of nursing accountability
4. RN’s are the advocate of the patients: they shall take appropriate steps to safeguard their rights & privileges.
5. RN’s are aware that their actions have professional, moral & legal dimensions. They strive to perform their work in the best interest of all concerned.
Article IV – Registered Nurses and Co-Workers (Solidarity and Teamwork)
1. The RN is in solidarity with other members of the health care team in working for the patient’s best interest.
2. The RN maintains collegial & collaborative working relationship with colleagues & other health care providers.
Article V – RN, Society and Environment (Social and Civic Responsibility)
1. The preservation of life, respect for human rights & promotion of a healthy environment shall be a commitment of a RN
2. The establishment of linkages w/ the public in promoting local, national & international efforts to meet health & social needs of the people as a contributing member of society is a noble concern of a RN
Article VI – RN and the Profession (Professional Competence; Global Competitiveness; Equality of all Professions)
1. Maintenance of loyalty to the nursing profession & preservation of its integrity are ideal
2. Compliance w/ the by-laws of the PNA, & other professional organizations of w/c the RN is a member is a lofty duty
3. Commitment to continual learning and active participation in the development & growth of the profession are commendable obligations
4. Contribution to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions & general welfare of nurses through appropriate legislation is a practice & visionary mission.