The Code Of Ethics Of Nursing Practice : Why It Is Important For Patient Safety

850 Words Dec 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘accountability’ as an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one 's actions. Then there is the word, ‘professionalism’ as the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. These two words are intertwined in the medical industry, especially in the field of nursing. In the article “Accountability in Nursing Practice: Why it is Important for Patient Safety, the author details how and why it is not only necessary but critical to exercise accountability and professionalism as a nursing practitioner. Without utilization of these two traits, the patient’s safety can be put in grave danger, compromise the integrity of the field of medicine and even call in to question the code of ethics.

If and when there comes a time that a patient is unable to speak for himself, it is the obligation of nurses to ensure that they make difficult decisions for the well-being of the patient. They also are often the bridge between the patient and the doctor. This also applies to the patient’s family. Often times, when the patient is incapacitated, nurses will be the ones the family turns to for answers to questions regarding, diagnosis, prognosis, and continuity of care. This is where professionalism comes into play. These situations are usually very delicate and require the best ‘bedside manner’. A nurse must be professional, well-spoken and courteous during this time. It is…

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