Importance Of Professional Codes In Nursing Practice

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I am going to expand upon Astha Regmi’s comment about professional codes and guidelines in Nursing Practice. I have chosen it because in her writing she has mentioned about professional conduct, code of ethics, its purpose in the nursing career and some of the essential guidelines for applying these ethics in the field of nursing. Professional conduct is the reference point on the basis of which the acceptable manner has to be portrayed by the professional person. Regardless of their job title, position or place of work, a person needs to act and carry his responsibility in a professional way. A person should not involve in any professional conduct which involves misconduct activities like corruption, deception, duplicity (CFA, June 2014).…show more content…
Before we jump to make any kind of decision we have to think about the pros and cons of that decision on another person. Good ethical decisions can only be made we are frequently exposed to some ethical issues and develop awareness to those issues. A method should be adopted to make ethical decisions. Nurses can make informed decisions with the help of ethical principles. For example; an old man is admitted to hospital and is bedridden for a long period of time. One day he asks a nurse to let him walk around without any others help and supervision. A nurse in that condition may have the desire to show respect for his autonomy and promote freedom. But a patient has a risk of fall and injury. An ethical dilemma arises for a nurse and she also needs to balance both things at once. During this situation, she just becomes calm and thinks which is more important at present; patient safety or patient freedom. She keeps patient safety at the top and makes a decision to help him walk around. Beneficence and non-maleficence are ethical principles which help in making a decision in this situation. Along with decision making, we nurses have to respect all patients with equal dignity without…show more content…
Valuing a culture of safety means a nurse need to understand and gain an idea about the vital importance of safety in the patient care in a healthcare system. The principle of non-maleficence correlates with the safety. We should never try to harm the patient intentionally. The risk of getting harmed should be kept at the lowest level. Preventing risk of fall, injury and harm is possible by the development of risk management technique and creating an environment to practice these interventions in daily nursing care practice. The culture of safety has to be developed among the nurses for their work place safety. A nurse has a right to do work with safety in a protective environment without having any anxiety. A patient at risk of injury has to be given more priority. The preventive measures should be made ready beforehand. It’s a moral duty of the nurse.  Value a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable environment promoting health and
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