Code of Ethics for Nursing

Purpose
-statement of ethical obligations and duties of every individual who enters the nursing profession

-The professions non negotiable ethical standards

-Expression of nursing own understanding of its commitment to society

9 provisions
-1st three describe the most fundamental values and commitments of the nurse

-2nd three describe boundaries of duty and loyalty

-3rd three address aspects of duties beyond individual patient encounters

Ethical
refers to reasons for decisions about how one ought to act