Code of Ethics

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Shannon Whalen
September 11, 2010
Course 213 Section 2W2
Section 1: Nursing Code of Ethics
Provision 1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. Provision 2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. Provision 3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. Provision 4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care. Provision 5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth. Provision 6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action. Provision 7. The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development. Provision 8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs. Provision 9. The profession of nursing, as respected by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy. Section 2: Applying Basic Principles to my Code of Ethic

Provision 1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems. Beneficence - this basic principle states that the health care practitioners have taken the oath to promote the health and welfare of the patient above other considerations. Nurses have one of the most important jobs in the health care profession by standing by this oath. No matter what type of health issue the patient has, or what the patient’s religion is, the nurse should abide by the oath and give the best care possible. Provision 2. The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. Beneficence - this basic principle states that the health care practitioners have taken the oath to promote the health and welfare of the patient above other considerations. This principle fits with this provision as well. Even though a patient has a family or friends that may have opinions on how the patient should be cared for, the nurse has to make the patient the first priority and do what is best for that person. Provision 3. The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. Beneficence - this basic principle states that the health care practitioners have taken the oath to promote the health and welfare of the patient above other considerations. Again, this principle fits with this provision. As stated above, the nurse has taken an oath to give the best care to the patient. The nurse is the patient’s advocate and should do their best to work on the patient’s behalf. The patient’s spirits will be higher knowing that they have someone on their side helping them to fight for the strength to get well. Provision 4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the...
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