From ANA's the Center for Ethics & Human Rights:
The Code of Ethics project was initiated by the ANA Board of Directors and the Congress on Nursing Practice in 1995. The Code of Ethics Project Task Force, appointed in 1996, was charged with establishing a comprehensive process of review, analysis and revision of the Code for Nurses (1985), providing initial substantive critique and suggested modifications, creating open review process, and developing final recommendations.
The revised Code for Nurses proposed as the Code of Ethics for Nurses was forwarded to the Congress of Nursing Practice and Board of Directors to the 1998 House of Delegates (HOD) for approval. The HOD voted to refer the Code of Ethics for Nurses back to the ANA Board of Directors for further work. The ANA Board decided that further revisions with increased staff nurse input were needed.
During the ANA Convention 2000 in Indianapolis, Indiana, a continuing education session about the Code revision process and a policy issues forum were convened. The continuing education session demonstrated how the new draft Code could be usefully applied to actual case situations. In June of 2001, the ANA House of Delegates voted to accept the nine majr provisions of a revised Code of Ethics. 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.
Throughout this revision process, the Task Force has attempted to seek the opinions and suggestions of a wide range of nurses, individuals, and groups. This is done through regional conference calls, presentations, extensive field reviews, and numerous individual and group discussions.
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