The cNA Code of Ethics: IMPLEMENTING NURSING ETHICAL VALUES & RESPONSIBILITIES INTO CARE
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Kathleen Stephany and Piotr Majkowski
Key aspects of the role of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) are presented
as well as the purpose of the CNA Code of Ethics for Registered
Nurses (RNs). Nurses are made aware that the ethical values and responsibilities
as laid out in the CNA Code of Ethics are not discretionary but must
be followed by all practicing nurses. Each value is discussed in terms of how
they are played out in actual practice and narratives are used to emphasize
important points. The role of Canadian law is explained because nurses
who have a working knowledge of the Canadian legal system are better
equipped to deal with legal issues that may arise, especially in trying situations.
A brief overview of The Canadian Constitution and The Charter of
Rights and Freedoms is also undertaken for similar reasons. Nurses are informed
that although some laws are derived from ethics this is not necessarily
consistently the case and the law always supersedes ethics. The commonalities
between the ethic of care and the CNA Code of Ethics is presented.
Other valid topics that directly relate to the CNA Code Ethics Part I include:
the safety of research participants; the duty to report unsafe practice; the
importance of ensuring informed consent for treatment, the role of advance
directives and safe guarding the confidentiality of all client information.
The chapter ends with an actual Coroner’s case where a nurse deliberately
covers up a mistake that costs a client their life.
Compassion, Canadian Nursing Association, Code of ethics, Accountability,
Law, Social justice, Precedent, Canadian Constitution, Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, Contract, Democracy, Tort, Research process , Competence, Duty
to report, Negligence, Practice standards, Empowerment, Health promotion,
Competence, Consent, Advance directives, Confidentiality, Self-disclosure,
Discrimination, Distributive justice, Justice
Full-Time Faculty in Health Sciences Douglas College, BC Canada.