Risk and Responsibility in Providing Nursing Care

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Effective Date: June 2015

Status: Revised Position Statement

Written By: ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights

Adopted By: ANA Board of Directors

PURPOSE
Nurses have a duty to care for patients and are not at liberty to abandon them; however, nurses are challenged to thoughtfully analyze the balance of professional responsibility and risk, including moral obligations and options, in order to preserve the ethical mandates in situations of risk to the nurse or profession.

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