RN Bill of Rights

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    American Journal of Nursing - November, 2001 - Volume 101, Issue 12

    The ANA Develops Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses
    Know your rights in the workplace.

    Full story:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2001/nov/Issues.htm
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    I like the poster. I have every intention of requesting the Nurses Bill of Rights and Code of Nurse Ethics be added to our next contract. How much flack do you think the administration will give us if we insist on hanging the Nurses Bill of Rights poster on every unit in plain view - right next to the posted Pt Bill of Rights?
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    Where do you obtain the Nursing Bill of Rights and Code of Nurse Ethics please. We are having alot of trouble in staffing where I work. It is common to have 17 20 patients to 2 RN or RN and 1 Lpn. Answer from our DON we tried to get you help today. We have informed them its not say but threy ignore us.
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    ANA’s Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses
    This statement of professional rights sets forth in its seven premises the workplace expectations and environments necessary for sound professional nursing practice. ANA’s Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses is available as a four-color 11" x 25" poster and a user’s guide brochure, which offers insights, strategies, and resources for addressing workplace issues. 2001/. Pub# BR21.
    List $16.45/ SNA Member $13.95
    purchase item at
    http://nursingworld.org/anp/pnewrel.cfm

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    "The American Nurses Association’s
    Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses:

    Registered nurses promote and restore health, prevent illness, and protect the people entrusted to their care. They work to alleviate the suffering experienced by individuals, families, groups, and communities. In so doing, nurses provide services that maintain respect for human dignity and embrace the uniqueness of each patient and the nature of his or her health problems, without restriction in regard to social or economic status. To maximize the contributions nurses make to society, it is necessary to protect the dignity and autonomy of nurses in the workplace. To that end, the following rights must be afforded:

    1. Nurses have the right to practice in a manner that fulfills their obligations to society and to those who receive nursing care.

    2. Nurses have the right to practice in environments that allow them to act in accordance with professional standards and legally authorized scopes of practice.

    3. Nurses have the right to a work environment that supports and facilitates ethical practice, in accordance with the Code of Ethics for Nurses and its interpretive statements.

    4. Nurses have the right to freely and openly advocate for themselves and their patients, without fear of retribution.

    5. Nurses have the right to fair compensation for their work, consistent with their knowledge, experience, and professional responsibilities.

    6. Nurses have the right to a work environment that is safe for themselves and their patients.

    7. Nurses have the right to negotiate the conditions of their employment, either as individuals or collectively, in all practice settings.

    The American Nurses Association (ANA) is a national professional association. ANA policies reflect the thinking of the nursing profession on various issues and should be reviewed in conjunction with state association policies and state board of nursing policies and practices. State laws, rules, and regulations govern the practice of nursing. The ANA’s “Bill of Rights for Registered Nurses” contains ANA policy statements and does not necessarily reflect rights embodied in state and federal law. ANA policies may be used by the state to interpret or provide guidance on the profession’s position on nursing......"

    Adopted by the ANA Board of Directors: June 26, 2001
    http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2001/nov/Issues.htm >>>>>>


    << Code of Ethics for Nurses:

    "The ANA House of Delegates approved these nine provisions of the new Code of Ethics for Nurses at its June 30, 2001 meeting at the ANA annual convention in Washington, DC. In July, 2001, the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics voted to accept the new language of the interpretive statements resulting in a fully approved revised Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements. The Code may be purchased online. Costs apply to the copying, shipping and handling of the documents: The Code and its interpretive statements......."
    See:
    http://www.uannurse.org/ethics/chcode.htm >>>>>>>
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    Quote from JT:
    I have every intention of requesting the Nurses Bill of Rights and Code of Nurse Ethics be added to our next contract. How much flack do you think the administration will give us if we insist on hanging the Nurses Bill of Rights poster on every unit in plain view - right next to the posted Pt Bill of Rights?
    Very interesting thought..... would have to go through hoops
    (re non agency publication) to get posted but would show intention of being nurse advocates and informing the public at same time.

    Nice to give out for nurses week, a poster for EVERY unit and a copy for each nurse.
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    <Nice to give out for nurses week, a poster for EVERY unit and a copy for each nurse.>

    Good idea! Lets suggest to hospital administration that they keep their nurses day lollypops and hospital-logo pens & give the posters out instead. Maybe they might even READ it as theyre handing them out!

    PS

    We could adress hanging the posters on every unit in contract negotiations & get it that way. Until then, they may be able to stop us from hanging the poster in the halls of every unit because its not a hospital publication, but they cant stop us from putting it up on any of our 6 union bulletin boards - not even the main one right in the lobby by the elevators. And they cant remove it either. The boards are all locked glass cases - and I have the key!
    Last edit by -jt on Mar 3, '02
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    They cant stop us from putting it up on any of our 6 union bulletin boards - not even the main one right in the lobby by the elevators. And they cant remove it either. The boards are all locked glass cases - and I have the key!
    Knew YOU would be the one with the key, LOL. Will make an attractive display I'm sure.
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    We got a black and white paper poster of the Bill of Rights for nurses last year at the ANA convention as delegates. I did bring it back and posted it in our break room and somehow it "disappeared" sometime around Christmas. I'm glad to hear that I can now buy another one to re-post!


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