Originally posted by Fgr8Out
OK.... I ADMIT it!!! ::: DEEP SIGH :::
I stole a piece of candy when I was 7 years old.... :: hanging my head, offering my license up for revocation and burning ::
Uh Oh, then I'm going to jail too. I stole candy when I was 5!! (But mom made me take it back and apologize!)
Pat, don't be embarrassed! I deleted your boo-boo's, OK? To delete a post, Go to edit post, at the top of your reply, there is a gray area, above the posting area. Be sure you check off the delete box on the left of this area, then hit the delete now buttn on the right.
Back to the subject....
AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
CODE FOR NURSES*
1. The nurse provides services with respect for human dignity and the uniqueness of the client unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
2. The nurse safeguards the client's right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature.
3. The nurse acts to safeguard the client and the public when health care and safety are affected by the incompetent, unethical, or illegal practice of any person.
4. The nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgements and actions.
5. The nurse maintains competence in nursing.
6. The nurse exercises informed judgment and uses individual competence and qualifications as criteria in seeking consultation, accepting responsibilities, and delegating nursing activities to others.
7. The nurse participates in activities that contribute to the ongoing development of the profession's body of knowledge.
8. The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to implement and improve standards of nursing.
9. The nurse participates in the profession's effort to establish and maintain conditions of employment conducive to high quality nursing care.
10. The nurse participates in the profession's effort to protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing.
11. The nurse collaborates with members of the health care professions and other citizens in promoting community and national efforts to meet the health care needs of the public.
Source: American Nurses Association, Code for nurses with interpretive statements (Kansas City, Mo.: American Nurses' Association, 1997), Reprinted with permission.
Me again... I don't see anything in there where we have to be above the law, do you?
From Aiken's book, "Legal, Ethical, and Political Issues in Nursing" (I love this book) they say grounds for disciplining include...
*violation of nurse practice act
*unprofessional conduct (a term interpreted differently in various states)
It also states that reporting offenses to the National Practitioner Data Bank is required.
Why they have to trickle this down to a newsletter sent out is beyond me. Shouldn't that info be availble to those who want it and employers? Why does everyone need to know it?