NMC Code-Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives.
The people in your care must be able to trust you with their health and wellbeing. For this I will treat people in my care with equity and respect their dignity at all times. I will make the care of people my first concern. I will work with others to protect and ensure safe health and wellbeing of those in my care, their families and the wider community. I will provide a high standard of practice and care at all times. I will always be open and honest, act with integrity and always will uphold the reputation of my profession.
As a professional, you are personally accountable for actions and omissions in your practice and must always be able to justify your decisions. I will always consider the risks of my actions e.g. ensure that anyone I delegate to carry out instructions is able to do so. Confirm that the outcome of any delegated task meets required standards. I will also make sure that anyone they are accountable for is supervised and supported. You must always act lawfully, whether those laws relate to your professional practice or personal life. Failure to comply with this code may bring your fitness to practise into question and endanger your registration. This code should be considered together with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's rules, standards, guidance and advice available from
Make the care of people your first concern, treating them as individuals and respecting their dignity.
Treat people as individuals.
• 1. You must treat people as individuals and respect their dignity • 2. You must not discriminate in any way against those in your care • 3. You must treat people kindly and considerately
• 4. You must act as an advocate for those in your care, helping them to access relevant health and social care, information and support
Respect people's confidentiality.
• 5. You must respect people's right to confidentiality • 6. You must ensure people are informed about how and why information is shared by those who will be providing their care • 7. You must disclose information if you believe someone may be at risk of harm, in line with the law of the country in which you are practising Collaborate with those in your care.
• 8. You must listen to the people in your care and respond to their concerns and preferences • 9. You must support people in caring for themselves to improve and maintain their health • 10. You must recognise and respect the contribution that people make to their own care and wellbeing • 11. You must make arrangements to meet people's language and communication needs • 12. You must share with people, in a way they can understand, the information they want or need to know about their health Ensure you gain consent.
• 13. You must ensure that you gain consent before you begin any treatment or care • 14. You must respect and support people's rights to accept or decline treatment and care • 15. You must uphold people's rights to be fully involved in decisions about their care • 16. You must be aware of the legislation regarding mental capacity, ensuring that people who lack capacity remain at the centre of decision making and are fully safeguarded • 17. You must be able to demonstrate that you have acted in someone's best interests if you have provided care in an emergency Maintain clear professional boundaries.
• 18. You must refuse any gifts, favours or hospitality that might be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment • 19. You must not ask for or accept loans from anyone in your care or anyone close to them • 20. You must establish and actively maintain clear sexual boundaries at all times with people in your care, their families and carers Work with others to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of those in your care, their families and carers, and the wider community. Share information with...
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