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ANA Code – Ethics (Nursing)

by Christy Davidson

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    00:00 Welcome back everyone.

    00:02 To practice confidently and with integrity, today's nurses must have in place several key elements that guide the profession such as an accreditation process for education, a regular system for licensure and certification and a relevant code of ethics.

    00:18 The American Nurses' Association has guided and supported nursing practice to creation and implementation of a nationally accepted code of ethics for nurses with interprative statements.

    00:30 The origins of the code of ethics for nurses reach back to the late 1800s in the foundation of the American Nurses Association.

    00:37 The early ethics literature of modern nursing and the first nursing code of ethics which was formally adopted by the ANA in 1950.

    00:46 The code of ethics for nurses is a reflection of the proud ethical heritage of nursing and a guide for all nurses now and into the future.

    00:55 Let's talk a little bit about the code.

    00:57 It establishes the ethical standard for the profession.

    01:01 It provides a guide for nurses to use in ethical analysis and decision making.

    01:08 It is non-negotiable.

    01:11 It serves as a foundation of nursing theory and practice.

    01:15 It makes explicit the primary obligations, values and ideals of the nursing profession.

    01:22 It informs every aspect of a nurse's life.

    01:26 And finally, it's dynamic.

    01:29 It's always changing as the profession evolves.

    01:32 So let's cover the provisions of the code.

    01:35 First, the nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and unique attributes of each person.

    01:44 Number 2 - , the nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, a family, a group, community or a population.

    01:56 Number 3 - the nurse promotes, advocates for and protects the rights, health and safety of the patient.

    02:05 Number 4 - nurse has the authority, accountability and responsibility for nursing practice; makes decisions and takes action consistent with the obligation to promote health and provide optimal care.

    02:19 Number 5 - the nurse owes the same duties to self as to others including the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve wholeness of character and integrity, maintain competence and continue personal and professional growth.

    02:35 Number 6 - the nurse through individual and collective effort, establishes, maintains and improves the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.

    02:49 Number 7 - the nurse, in all roles and settings, advances the profession through research and scholarly inquiry, professional standards and development, and the generation of both nursing and health policy.

    03:03 Number 8 - the nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy and reduce health disparities.

    03:14 And finally, number 9 - the profession of nursing, collectively through its professional organizations, must articulate nursing values, maintain the integrity of the profession and integrate principles of social justice into nursing and health policy.

    03:30 I hope you've enjoyed today's video on the ANA code of ethics.

    03:33 Thanks so much for watching.


    About the Lecture

    The lecture ANA Code – Ethics (Nursing) by Christy Davidson is from the course Professionalism (Nursing).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. An ethical standard and guide for nurses to use in ethical analysis and decision making
    2. A policy of how to address ethical misconduct and professional discipline
    3. A negotiable set of standards for nurses to apply in specific client scenarios
    4. A code of conduct regarding standards of expectations for nursing clinical actions
    1. To protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities among patients
    2. To identify at-risk patients, provide consistent and fair care, and improve communication among allied health professionals
    3. To develop a network of health professionals, improve communication to patients and families, and ensure equal access to care
    4. To engage health care ambassadors, educate allied health professionals on others' scope of practice, and focus on patient advocacy
    1. To the client
    2. To the nurse's own ethical code of standards
    3. To the organization for which the nurse works
    4. To the nurse's own personal dignity
    1. Protecting the health and safety of the client
    2. Eliminating health disparities
    3. Promoting advancement of the nursing profession
    4. Fostering health diplomacy

    Author of lecture ANA Code – Ethics (Nursing)

     Christy Davidson

    Christy Davidson


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