The American Nurses Association (ANA) states: “The nurse owes the same duties to self
as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence,
and to continue personal and professional growth” (ANA, 2001, 18).
Nurses need to maintain a level of learning throughout their practice. He/she need to
maintain competence in all aspects of their practice. The registered nurse is foremost responsible
for constant learning. Other responsibility falls on employers, other nurses, professional
organizations, credentialing and certification entities and regulatory agencies. (ANA, 2008).
Lifelong learning through continuing education is considered essential for all nurses.
Nursing services is essential to the well-being of people and to society as a whole.
Nursing promotes the maintenance, and restoration of health to the consumer. Assisting to attain
the highest level of wellness of which they are capable is the goal of nursing. Caring, nurturing
and helping others is a basic component of nursing.
Lifelong learning plays a big role in your ethics and values, what is learned can change
your values the more information you have the better the informed decision you can make.
Nurses are faced with ethical dilemmas constantly. Knowing the code of ethics can assist the
nurse in making decisions that may or may not coincide with their values.
Nursing Code of Ethics: part 1 (2009, Jan/Feb.). Retrieved (9,3,2012) from
American Nurses Association. (2010). Scope and Standards of Practice (2) 12.
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