Nursing Code of Ethics

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BOARD OF NURSING
Board Resolution No. 220
Series of 2004

PROMULGATION OF THE CODE OF ETHICS FOR REGISTERED NURSES

WHEREAS, the Board of Nursing has the power to promulgate a Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses in coordination and consultation with the accredited professional organization (Sec. 9, (g), Art. III of R.A. No. 9173, known as the “Philippine Nursing Act of 2002);

WHEREAS, 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 prinicipal basis therefor: All the principles under the said Code were adopted and integrated into the Code of Ethics as they apply to the nursing profession; WHEREAS, the promulgation of the said Code as a set of guidelines, regulations or measures shall be subject to approval by the Commission (Sec. 9, Art. II of R.A. No. 9173); and

WHEREAS, the Board, after consultation on October 23, 2003 at Iloilo City with the accredited professional organization of registered nurses, the Philippine Nurses Association, Inc (PNA), and other affiliate organizations of Registered Nurses, decided to adopt a new Code of Ethics under the afore-mentioned new Law; NOW, THEREFORE, the Board hereby resolved, as it now resolves, to promulgate the hereunder Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses:

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 regarding diet and treatment.
c. uphold the rights of individuals.
d. take into consideration the culture and values of patients in providing nursing care. However, in the event of conflicts, their welfare and safety must take precedence.

ARTICLE III

REGISTERED NURSES AND PRACTICE

SECTION 6.

Ethical Principles
1. Human life is inviolable.
2. Quality and excellence in the care of the patients are the goals of nursing practice. 3. Accurate documentation of actions and outcomes of delivered care is the hallmark of nursing accountability.

SECTION 7.

Guidelines to be observed:

REGISTERED Nurses must
a. know the definition and scope of nursing practice which are in the provisions of R. A. No. 9173, known as the “Philippine Nursing Act of 2002” and Board Res. No. 425,...
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