THE CNA CODE OF ETHICS PART II: NURSES WORKING TOWARD ENDING SOCIAL INEQUITIES
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Kathleen Stephany and Piotr Majkowski
Nurses as a group have the knowledge and possess the compassion that is
needed to improve the lives of the underprivileged. As mandated by the
(CNA) Code of Ethics Part II, thirteen specific ways to eliminate social inequities
are presented as a means of addressing and/or eliminating social inequities.
Poverty is a worldwide problem that has been growing instead of
subsiding and has a negative impact on people’s health. Because socioeconomic
determinants of health are closely tied to health outcomes, the poor
use additional and more expensive health services. In order to positively impact
populations that are suffering, one effective way to get the attention of
policy makers is to build a business case that demonstrates cost saving measures.
Homelessness is on the increase in Canada. The perception is that it is
too expensive to provide housing and treatment for people who suffer from
addictions and/or mental illness is not necessarily supported by fact. A review
of a recent study commissioned by government provides evidence that
a substantial amount of money could be saved if housing and treatment was
made available for these people. Ideas are suggested that may help nurses to
instigate other positive changes in the lives of others, not just for some people
but for everyone.
Full-Time Faculty in Health Sciences Douglas College, BC Canada.