Ana Code Of Ethics In Nursing

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Ethics is a very important and integral part of nursing. Nursing has concern for the welfare of the sick, injured, and vulnerable and for social justice. Nursing encompasses the prevention of illness, the alleviation of suffering, and the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in the care of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Individuals who become nurses are expected not only to adhere to the ideals and moral norms of the profession, but also to embrace them as a part of what it means to be a nurse. The Code of Ethics for Nurses developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) makes explicit the primary goals, values, and obligations of the profession.
ANA Code of Ethics Highlighted Provision
There are nine provisions
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Provision one reiterates the fundamental values and commitments as a nurse. This provision taught me that I must provide the same level of care whether I am caring for a newborn and mother or an elderly, disabled patient. This is important to nursing because individual prejudice and bias regarding race, religious beliefs, lifestyle, illness, disability, functional status, age, etc. should not affect the care given to any patient. Their worth as a human being should transcend any personal bias or feelings the nurse has. By eliminating such influences from the planning and delivery of care we maintain the patient’s individual autonomy and rights. However, this does not mean that we ignore each individual’s uniqueness, but rather they prevent it from negatively affecting the care they …show more content…
Whether the bedside nurse or health care executive. The importance of patient advocacy is also shared between both codes. Additional similarities that encourage promotion of integrity and following laws and regulations to provide and promote safe, competent care. Both codes protect individuals that report unethical practice and behavior without retaliation, as they are upholding their code of ethics.
There are not many differences between the ANA and ACHE code of ethics, however within the ACHE codes outlines there are provisions that exclusively prohibits misleading financial practices, where fraud, abuse and aggressive accounting is strictly prohibited. One difference that stood out to me was the ACHE encourages the reporting of both clinical and management mistakes or errors are reported. This Provision III (H, I, J) implements an organizational code and ethical resources for staff to address ethical issues (American College of Healthcare Executives, n.d.).
Four Key Provisions for the Profession
All nine provisions from the ANA code of ethics are important to the nursing