code of ethics with interpretive statements: an independent study module
by kevin g. hook, m.a., b.s.n., r.n.
and gladys b. white, ph.d., r.n.
will familiarize nurses with the nine major planks of the current code of ethics and the accompanying interpretive statements.
this free 1.8 ceu module expires december 31, 2006.
although nursing has a long history of an ethic of care, embodied in prior codes of ethics, the context in which nurses now practice has changed and expanded. some historical concepts, such as patient advocacy, have been expanded and new concepts, such as duty to self, have been added in the latest revision of the code of ethics for nurses. in addition, many nurses now fill broader roles than those historically performed at the bedside. for these reasons, nurses may need assistance in ethical decision-making as they practice in both traditional and expanded nursing roles.
the primary purpose of this independent study module is to familiarize nurses with the nine major planks of the current code and the accompanying interpretive statements. it will orient nurses to the ethical code and how it affects their own nursing practice; facilitate nurses' ability to use the code as a guide; and demonstrate how it directs the profession of nursing as a whole. in addition, the module will provide nurses with a brief history of the development of the code of ethics by the american nurses association
sections of the module include:
the evolution of nursing's code of ethics
the preface to the code
provisions 1-3 fundamental values and commitments of the nurse
provisions 4-6 boundaries of duty and loyalty
provisions 7-9 duties to the broader community
to view ana's code of ethics with interpretive statements only: