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The Filipino Nurses Code of Ethics
Board of Nursing

In the formulation of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, the Code of Good Governance for the Professions in the Philippines was utilized as the principal basis. Therefore: All the principles under the said Code were adopted and integrated into the Code of Ethics as they apply to the nursing profession.

ARTICLE I - PREAMBLE

SECTION 1.
Health is a fundamental right of every individual. The Filipino registered nurse, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the primary responsibility to preserve health at all cost. This responsibility encompasses promotion of health, prevention of illness, alleviation of suffering, and restoration of health. However, when the foregoing are not possible, assistance towards a peaceful death shall be his/her obligation.

SECTION 2.

To assume this responsibility, registered nurses have to gain knowledge and understanding of man’s cultural, social, spiritual, physiological, psychological, and ecological aspects of illness, utilizing the therapeutic process. Cultural diversity and political and socio-economic status are inherent factors to effective nursing care.

SECTION 3.

The desire for the respect and confidence of clientele, colleagues, co-workers, and the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct.

ARTICLE II - REGISTERED NURSES AND PEOPLE

SECTION 4.

Ethical Principles
1. Values, customs, and spiritual beliefs held by individuals shall be respected. 2. Individual freedom to make rational and unconstrained decisions shall be respected. 3. Personal information acquired in the process of giving nursing care shall be held in strict confidence.

SECTION 5.

Guidelines to be observed:
REGISTERED Nurses must
a. consider the individuality and totality of patients when they administer care. b. respect the spiritual beliefs and practices of patients...