Nursing Ethics, Law and Professional Code of Practice

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CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

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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
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actively involve their clients in the planning and delivery of care. provide care regardless of clients’ gender, ethnicity, religion, age, health and socio-economic status.

Value Statement 2 : Respect and promote clients’ autonomy.
Nurses/midwives shall respect the clients’ right for self-determination and provide them with whatever information they require to make informed decisions concerning their own care.

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Ethical practice points Nurses/midwives shall 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 inform clients about the nursing care options that are available. assist clients in obtaining the necessary information from appropriate sources, when what is required is beyond the nurse/midwife’s scope. respect the informed decision of competent clients to accept or refuse care. obtain consent for nursing interventions where necessary and collaborate with other members of the health care team to obtain consent for medical treatment. 2.5 When clients are incapable of making informed choices, consent should be sought from family members or significant others. provide appropriate care until alternative arrangements are made, if the nurse/midwife is unable to comply with the client’s requests because they run contrary to the law or the nurse’s moral beliefs.

Value Statement 3 : Respect clients’ right to confidentiality.
Nurses/midwives shall maintain the confidentiality of all information

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