Codes of Ethics in Nursing

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CODE OF ETHICS IN NURSING
* The fundamental responsibility of the nurse is fourfold: to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health and to alleviate suffering. * The need for nursing is universal. Inherent in nursing is respect for life, dignity and the rights of man. It is unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, age sex, politics, or social status. * Nurses render health services to the individual, the family and the community and coordinate their services with those of related groups. The following Code for Nurses, adopted by the Council of National Representatives of the International Council of Nurses was also adopted by the Board of Nursing and became an integral part of the amended “Code of Nursing Ethics in the Philippines”: Nurses and People

* The nurse’s primary responsibility is to those people who require nursing care. The nurse, in providing care, promotes an environment in which the values, customs and spiritual beliefs of the individual are respected. The nurse holds in confidence personal information and uses judgment in sharing this information. Nurses and Practice

* The nurse carries personal responsibility for nursing practice and for maintaining competence by continual learning. The nurse maintains the highest standards of nursing care possible within the reality of a specific situation The nurse uses judgment in relation to individual competence when accepting and delegating responsibilities. The nurse when acting in a professional capacity, should at all times maintain standards of personal conduct which reflect credit upon the profession. Nurses and Society

* The nurse shares with other citizens the responsibility for initiating and supporting action to meet the health and social needs of the public. Nurses and the Profession
* The nurse plays the major role in determining and implementing desirable standards of nursing practice and nursing education. The nurse is active in developing a core of professional knowledge. The nurse, acting through the professional organization, participates in establishing and maintaining equitable social and economic working conditions in nursing. AMENDED CODE OF ETHICS FOR NURSES

Their conduct should be such that would bring credit to the profession. Just like any other professional, nurses are looked upon with respect in the community. They should therefore endeavor to live a life that would uphold their self-respect. Especially when nurses are on duty, they should try to look neat and attractive. Female nurses are advised to use moderate make-up and have a neat hairstyle. They should wear uniforms that are not too short or tight fitting that would tend to restrict movements, nor expose unnecessarily any part of the body while giving care to the patients. Clean uniforms and clean bodies tend to enhance the image of nurses. Use of anti-perspirant is advised most specially during hot summer months. Male nurses are likewise advised to be clean, shaven, hair clipped close to the nape of the neck instead of flowing to the shoulders. The use of the uniform should be specified in the policy of the hospital/agency. It should be worn only when on duty. Dining in the public, shopping or going to the market while in uniform is discouraged. Nurses’ caps are worn only while on duty. These are either carried in bags or are left in their places of assignment. Jewelry, such as earrings, necklaces or bracelets are not allowed while on duty. However, wedding rings, school rings or school pins may be worn. Nurses are looked upon by nursing students as their role models. Therefore, especially while they are on duty, they should act in a manner that is worth emulating. Sincere and compassionate attitudes toward patients are caught by those around them. Soon their working environment becomes permeated with good working relationships that are so vital in dealing with patients.  

The Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 (RA 9173)...
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