Running head: CODE OF ETHICS
Code of Ethics
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Health Care Ethics and Social Responsibility
April 25, 2011
Code of Ethics
Nurses around the world are to follow a strict code of ethics. The American Nurses Association (ANA) of 2001 Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements outlines the clear goals and values of the nursing and the ethical practice. This ethically practice prepares nurses to deal with the challenges that will arise in their practice. The nurse’s code of ethics provides guidance for behaviors, ethical responsibilities, decision-making, and relationships. This ethical practice is the ...view middle of the document...
The Code of Ethics basis of feedback and for a nurse to be subjected to peer-reviews allows self-evaluation and self-reflection and serves the purpose of principled nursing practice (College Nursing Programs., 2009). The Code of Ethics provides the public, health care workers, and all nurses’ information about the social responsibilities and moral commitments required in this profession (College Nursing Programs., 2009). This type of ethical practice is based upon the work environments quality to aid in the delivery.
A nurse must treat all patients with the same level of care and respect regardless of his or her ethnicity, religion, or economic status. The first priority of a nurse is provide his or hers highest level of care and commitment to patients while ensuring maintaining their safety and protecting his or her best interests. Another ethical principle imperative is maintaining professional boundaries, and it is the responsibility of nurses to strive to maintain professionalism and high standards (enotes.com, 2011). While receiving care patients have the right to privacy while retaining both ethical and legal right to protection to his or her medical information. A nurse is also responsible to be aware of the community health needs while remaining active politically to promote health. Environmental threats to the community’s health can include barriers that cause a lack of access to health care facilities and nurses act as a link between the community and medical facilities.
The ANA grievance procedure is a tool that protects nurses and their employment rights as union members. The collective bargaining agreement enforces the grievance process and establishes employment conditions and memberships terms (Frick, 2010). The membership empowers union members while safeguarding economic interests. The governing rules at each step of the grievance process are also determined by the collective bargaining agreement as are the number of steps involved. Within the grievance procedure a settlement can be made no matter what step in the process it may be in.
The issue of the feasibility of enforcing the Nursing Code of Ethics is an interesting topic that remains open for debate. The practice of ethics within the nursing practice is the responsibility of each individual nurse. This is clearly stated within the code by labeling this...