Code of Ethics: An Overview
Terri Gaffney, PhD, MPA, RN
A nurse’s knowledge and understanding of the Code of Ethics for Nurses can arm a nurse with the power to be a major influencer in day-to-day decisions that are made regarding patient care outcomes. This course discusses how the Code of Ethics for Nurses supports nurses in their daily practice.
Nurses are increasingly caught between conflicting value systems. Every day, nurses are faced with complex ethical pressures. These pressures influence their day-to-day practice and patient care outcomes. It is essential for healthcare environments to balance virtues and values central to the nursing profession to support nursing practice. The American Nurses Association established the Code of Ethics for Nurses in 1950 to support the ethical obligation of nursing and it has recently been amended to reflect the ever-changing health care environment.
A nurse’s knowledge and understanding of the Code of Ethics for Nurses can arm a nurse with the power to be a major influencer in day-to-day decisions that are made regarding patient care outcomes. This course discusses how the Code of Ethics for Nurses supports nurses in their daily practice. Discover new frameworks and policies for ethical analysis and decision-making and everyday strategies nurses should use to create ethical work environments.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Integrate the Code for Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015) to guide nursing practice and articulate the moral foundations of nursing.
- Maintain competence through continued personal and professional development.
- Practice with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of all people.
- Advocate for the rights, health, and safety of the health care consumer and others.
PhD, MPA, RN
Terri Gaffney, PhD, MPA, RN is a nationally recognized healthcare executive with deep experience helping individuals and organizations realize sustainable growth. Terri joined the American Nurses Association in 2011, and as the Vice President for Product Development and is responsible for translating knowledge into innovative products. She oversees ANA’s educational initiatives including the 2015 Ethics Symposium and leads a team who create innovative products as well as develop content for the organization’s online library, conferences, workshops, and digital and broadcast media including the National Nurses Week Webinar.