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Code Of Ethics And Standards Of Practice For Registered Nurses

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The implementation of mandatory overtime is supported by the nursing profession’s standards of practice, code of ethics, and a legislative act. The obligation or duty of nurses to provide care is clearly outlined in the Registered Nurses Act and Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses (CRNNS, 2014, p. 3). According to CNA Code of Ethics, duty to provide care means that “nurses have a professional duty and a legal obligation to provide persons receiving care with safe, competent, compassionate and ethical care” (CNA, 2008, p. 24). Nurses will be unable to uphold such duty if mandatory overtime is to be eliminated as an option for use by employers. Working on nursing units that are short-staffed would mean an increased in workload and higher
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