Professional Behavior/Code of Conduct
ANA Code of Ethics
The ANA Code of Ethics is included in the nursing program and is inherent in all courses taught at Stanbridge University. The Code of Ethics is as follows:
Provision 1 Nurses, in all professional relationships, practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
Provision 2 The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.
Provision 3 Nurses promote, advocate for, and strive to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
Provision 4 The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care.
Provision 5 Nurses owe the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.
Provision 6 Nurses participate in establishing, maintaining, and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.
Provision 7 Nurses participate in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development.
Provision 8 Nurses collaborate with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national and international efforts to meet health needs.
Provision 9 The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy.
American Nurses Association. (2001) ANA Nursing Code of Ethics with Interpretative Statements.