Nursing Ethics, Law and Professional Code of Practice

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CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

S I N G A P O R E N U R S I N G B O AR D

CONTENTS
PAGE I II A Preamble Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Nurses/Midwives and their clients Value Statement 1: Value Statement 2: Value Statement 3: Value Statement 4: Respect clients’ individual values and needs Respect and promote clients’ autonomy Respect clients’ right to confidentiality Respect and preserve clients’ privacy and dignity B Nurses/Midwives and their practice Provide care in a responsible and accountable manner Value Statement 6: Value Statement 7: Value Statement 8: Maintain competency in the care of clients Advocate in the best interest of clients Maintain a high ethical standard in the conduct of research C Nurses/Midwives and their profession Maintain a practice environment that is conducive to the provision of ethical health care Value Statement 10: Promote compliance with ethical practice and maintain public trust in the nursing profession III IV Professional Misconduct Glossary 10 12 14 10 9 10 7 7 8 6 7 2 4 4 4 4 5

Value Statement 5:

Value Statement 9 :

I PREAMBLE

The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for nurses and midwives identifies core values for the nursing profession and establishes the standards of conduct that are reasonably expected of all nurses/midwives in practice. This Code replaces the previous Singapore Nursing Board Code of Conduct for nurses and midwives (1993). The Code serves as a guide to assist the ethical decisions faced by practising nurses/midwives and provides a framework for the regulation of nursing practice in Singapore. It also acts as the basis for continuing education, self-evaluation and peer review. The Code comprises 10 value statements that have been elaborated into ethical practice points for reference and action. The Code is divided into three sections:

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Nurses/Midwives and their clients Nurses/Midwives and their practice Nurses/Midwives and their profession

Nurses/Midwives and their clients
The nurse/midwife’s primary responsibility is to the clients they care for. Nurses/midwives should provide care according to their clients’ individual needs, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, age, social or economic status. Nurses/midwives shall respect their clients’ values and autonomy. They should advocate on their clients’ behalf when necessary. 2

Nurses/Midwives and their Practice
Nurses/midwives are responsible for providing the highest standards of nursing care and ethical practice possible within any given situation. They should be familiar with the profession’s ethical stance on such issues as practice accountability, preservation of confidentiality, skills competency and the maintenance of client privacy and dignity.

Nurses/Midwives and their Profession
All nurses/midwives are responsible for maintaining and enhancing the reputation of the profession. Nurses/midwives should act at all times in accordance with ethical healthcare practices, actively promote nursing ethics, and foster public trust and confidence in the nursing profession. This Code requires every nurse/midwife to uphold the values outlined and elaborated in this document. It calls upon them to practice self-regulation, exercise professional accountability and respect the ethics of nursing practice. This document also provides examples of professional misconduct which may be subject to disciplinary action by the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB). The Code supplements the requirements of the Nurses and Midwives Act and Regulations. It will be reviewed periodically by the Singapore Nursing Board.

REGISTRAR SINGAPORE NURSING BOARD 15 March 1999 3

II CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

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NURSES/MIDWIVES AND THEIR CLIENTS

Value Statement 1 : Respect clients’ individual values and needs. Nurses/midwives shall provide care that is determined by their clients’ values and needs, without any discrimination on the basis of the clients’...
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