The Nurse 's Code Of Ethics

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When working in a professional setting there are certain rules the employee’s must follow. Every major profession has a code of ethics, that sets standards and guidelines that are set in place to protect both the professional and the client. Ethics play a key role in day to day business. This paper will discuss the nurse’s code of ethics, the advantages and disadvantages, and difficulties that the author may have following the established code. This paper will also discuss whether or not there are rules that have too much emphasis on them, and rules that do not.

The nurse’s code of ethics was drafted in 1985, yet was not finalized until June of 2001. This code of ethics was established as guidelines for all professionals in the field of nursing to follow. As of 2015, there are nine provisions with interpretations within the nurse’s code of ethics. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) (2015), the code “provides a succinct statement of the ethical values, obligations, and duties of every individual who enters the nursing profession.” The ANA also continues on to state that code “serves as the profession’s nonnegotiable ethical standard, and expresses nursing’s own understanding of its commitment to society.” The first three provision’s covers the details and obligations of the nurse. Respecting human rights and privacy is an example of what is covered in that area. Provisions four through six covers responsibilities and allegiance of the nurse.

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