The Icn Code of Ethics for Nurses

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THE ICN CODE OF ETHICS FOR NURSES
An international code of ethics for nurses was first adopted by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1953. It has been revised and reaffirmed at various times since, most recently with this review and revision completed in 2005.
PREAMBLE
Nurses have four fundamental responsibilities: to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health and to alleviate suffering. The need for nursing is universal.
Inherent in nursing is respect for human rights, including cultural rights, the right to life and choice, to dignity and to be treated with respect. Nursing care is respectful of and unrestricted by considerations of age, colour, creed, culture, disability or illness, gender, sexual orientation
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• Reflect on what each standard means to you. Think about how you can apply ethics in your nursing domain: practice, education, research or management.
• Discuss the Code with co-workers and others.
• Use a specific example from experience to identify ethical dilemmas and standards of conduct as outlined in the Code. Identify how you would resolve the dilemmas.
• Work in groups to clarify ethical decision making and reach a consensus on standards of ethical conduct.
• Collaborate with your national nurses’ association, co-workers, and others in the continuous application of ethical standards in nursing practice, education, management and research.
Element of the Code # 1 : NURSES AND PEOPLE |
Practitioners and Managers | Educators and Researchers | National Nurses’ Associations |
Provide care that respects human rights and is sensitive to the values, customs and beliefs of people. | In curriculum include references to human rights, equity, justice, solidarity as the basis for access to care. | Develop position statements and guidelines that support human rights and ethical standards. |
Provide continuing education in ethical issues. | Provide teaching and learning opportunities for ethical issues and decision making. | Lobby for involvement of nurses in ethics review committees. |
Provide sufficient information to permit informed consent and the right to choose or refuse treatment. | Provide…

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