The nursing code of ethics are a set of standards that were written for the purposes of making a statement for the ethical obligations and duties that I must adhere to when becoming a professional nurse. They include but are not limited to respecting human dignity, justice, nonmaleficence, accountability, and responsibility.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) are the writers of the Code of Ethics for Nurses and I can read the entire code and more on their website. I will use this Code of Ethics for Nurses in my practice every day and continue to be an ethical nurse and patient advocate.
Code of Ethics
My patient has just spoken to a physician regarding her care. She is anxious because the physician used terminology she wasn’t familiar with and rushed out before she could ask any questions. Part of being an ethical nurse involves making sure a patient is fully informed on all medical procedures and decisions. This scenario also includes the necessity for me to be a patient advocate.