Ethical Foundations of Health Care: Responsibilities in Decision Making

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Code of Professional Conduct for the Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor
(June 1992)
safeguard and promote the interests of individual patients and clients;
serve the interests of society;
justify public trust and confidence and
uphold and enhance the good standing and reputation of the professions.
As a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor, you are personally accountable for your practice and, in the exercise of your professional accountability, must:
1. Act always in such a manner as to promote and safeguard the interests and well‐ being of patients and clients.
2. Ensure that no action or omission on your part, or within your sphere of responsibility, is detrimental to the interests, condition or safety of patients and clients.
3. Maintain and improve your professional knowledge and competence.
4. Acknowledge any limitations in your knowledge and competence and decline any duties or responsibilities unless ableto perform them in a safe and skilled manner.
5. Work in an open and co-operative manner with patients, clients and their families, foster their independence and recognise and respect their involvement in the planning and delivery of care.
6. Work in a collaborative and co-operative manner with health care professionals and others involved in providing care, and recognise and respect their particular contributions within the care team.
7. Recognise and respect the uniqueness and dignity of each patient and client, and respond to their need for care, irrespective of their ethnic origin, religious beliefs, personal attributes, the nature of their health problems or any other factor.
8. Report to an appropriate person or authority, at the earliest possible time, any conscientious objection which may be relevant to your professional practice.
9. Avoid any abuse of your privileged relationship with patients and clients and of the privileged access allowed to their person, property, residence or workplace.
10. Protect all confidential information concerning patients and clients obtained in the course of professional practice and make disclosures only with consent, where required by the order of a court or where you can justify disclosure in the wider public interest.
11. Report to an appropriate person or authority, having regard to the physical, psychological and social effects on patients and clients, any circumstances in the environment of care which could jeopardise standards of practice.


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