Essay Code of Ethics for Nurses

1594 Words Aug 9th, 2009 7 Pages
Running head: SYSTEM OF INQUIRY PAPER System of Inquiry Paper Wendell A. Garcia University of Phoenix March 18, 2008 American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Nurses Ethics is an integral part of the foundation of nursing. Nursing has a distinguished history of concern for the welfare of the sick, injured, and vulnerable and for social justice. This concern is embodied in the provision of nursing care to individuals and the community. Nursing encompasses the prevention of illness, the alleviation of suffering, and the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Individuals who became nurses are expected not only to adhere to the ideals and moral …show more content…
This can be expressed in small gestures. For example, the bedside nurse closes the room separation curtains while doing nursing care for patient privacy. It can also be expressed in large gestures, such as assuring patient autonomy through the establishment of conditions necessary to provide truly informed consent.According to the Code, “the nurse’s duty is to take action designed both to protect patients and to assure that the impaired individual receives assistance in regaining optimal function.” (ANA Code of Ethics, 2001). This is a form of patient advocacy and in some cases may result in whistle blowing. The Code exhorts professional associations to assist and support nurses who may have to take a “whistleblower” course of action, recognizing that nurses often become whistle blowers at their own professional peril. Ethics of Organizational Life Recently, the Institute of Medicine reported that large numbers of patients have been harmed by medical errors (Institute of Medicine, 2000). Following that report, the Chicago Tribune reported that medication errors accounted for a large part of the harm caused patients. Nurses have key roles in the safe and accurate administration of medications (Berens, 2000). The Code is explicit, and with respect to medication or other errors, nurses are expected “to follow institutional guidelines in reporting errors committed or observed to the appropriate

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