Professional code of ethics
Professional Code of Ethics
Code of ethics is formal statement of a group's ideas and values that serve as a standards and guidelines for the groups' professional actions and informs the public of its commitment. Codes of ethics are usually higher than legal standards, and they can never be less than legal standards of the profession.
Purposes of Code of Ethics
Code of ethics has the following purposes:
- To inform the public about the minimum standards of profession and to help them understand professional nursing conduct.
- To provide a sign of the profession's commitments to the public it serves.
- To outline the major ethical considerations of the profession.
- To provide general guidelines for professional behavior.
- To guide the profession in self regulation.
- To remind nurses of the special responsibility they assume when caring for the sick.
Code of Ethics for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetists (CRNAs) practice nursing by providing anesthesia and anesthesia-related services. They accept the responsibility conferred upon them by the state, the profession, and society. The American Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (AANA) has adopted this Code of Ethics to guide its members in fulfilling their obligations as professionals. Each member of the AANA has a personal responsibility to uphold and adhere to these ethical standards.
1. Responsibility to Patients
Nurse Anaesthetists preserve human dignity, respect the moral and legal rights of health consumers, and support the safety and well being of the patients under their care.
1.1 The Nurse Anaesthetists renders quality anesthesia care regardless of the patient's race, religion, age, sex, nationality, disability, social, or economic status.
1.2 The Nurse Anaesthetists protects the patient from harm and is an advocate for the patient's welfare.
1.3 The Nurse Anesthetist verifies that a valid anesthesia informed consent has been obtained from the patient or legal guardian as required by federal or state laws or institutional policy prior to rendering a service.
1.4 The Nurse Anesthetist avoids conflicts between his or her personal integrity and the patient's rights. In situations where the Nurse Anaesthetist's personal convictions prohibit participation in a particular procedure, the Nurse Anaesthetists refuses to participate or withdraws from the case provided that such refusal or withdrawal does not harm the patient or constitute a breach of duty.
1.5 The Nurse Anesthetist takes appropriate action to protect patients from healthcare providers who are incompetent, impaired, or engage in unsafe, illegal, or unethical practice.
1.6 The Nurse Anesthetist maintains confidentiality of patient information except in those rare events where accepted nursing practice demands otherwise.
1.7 The Nurse Anesthetist does not knowingly engage in deception in any form.
1.8 The Nurse Anesthetist does not exploit nor abuse his or her relationship of trust and confidence with the patient or the patient's dependence on the Nurse Anesthetist.
The scope of practice engaged in by the Nurse Anesthetist is within the individual competence of the Nurse Anesthetist. Each Nurse Anesthetist has the responsibility to maintain competency in practice.
2.1. The Nurse Anesthetist engages in lifelong, professional educational activities
2.2. The Nurse Anesthetist participates in continuous quality improvement activities
2.3. The practicing Nurse Anesthetist maintains his or her state license as a registered nurse, meets state advanced practice statutory or regulatory requirements, if any, and maintains recertification as a Nurse Anesthetist.
3. Responsibilities as a Professional
Nurse Anesthetises are responsible and accountable for the services they render and the actions they take.
3.1 The Nurse Anesthetist, as an independently licensed professional, is responsible and accountable for judgments made and actions taken in his or her professional practice.
Neither physician orders nor institutional policies relieve the Nurse Anesthetist of responsibility for his or her judgments made or actions taken.
3.2 The Nurse Anesthetist practices in accordance with the professional practice standards established by the profession.
3.3 The Nurse Anesthetist participates in activities that contribute to the ongoing development of the profession and its body of knowledge.
3.4 The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible and accountable for his or her conduct in maintaining the dignity and integrity of the profession.
3.5 The Nurse Anesthetist collaborates and cooperates with other healthcare providers involved in a patient's care.
3.6 The Nurse Anesthetist respects the expertise and responsibility of all healthcare providers involved in providing services to patients.
3.7 The Nurse Anesthetist is responsible and accountable for his or her actions, including self-
4. Responsibility to Society
Nurse Anaesthetists collaborate with members of the health professions and other citizens in promoting community and national efforts to meet the health needs of the public.
4.1 The Nurse Anesthetist works in collaboration with the healthcare community of interest to promote highly competent, safe, quality patient care
5. Endorsement of Products and Services
Nurse Anesthetist s endorses products and services only when personally satisfied with the products or service's safety, effectiveness, and quality. Nurse Anesthetist s do not state that the American Association of Nurse Anaesthetists (AANA) has endorsed any product or service unless the Board of Directors of the AANA has done so.
5.1 Any endorsement is truthful and based on factual evidence of efficacy.
5.2 The Nurse Anesthetist does not exploit his or her professional title and credentials for products or services which are unrelated to his or her professional practice or expertise
Nurse Anesthetist s protects the integrity of the research process and the reporting and publication of findings.
6.1 The Nurse Anesthetist evaluates research findings and incorporates them into practice as appropriate.
6.2 The Nurse Anesthetist conducts research projects according to accepted ethical research and reporting standards established by law, institutional procedures, and the health professions.
6.3 The Nurse Anesthetist protects the rights and well being of people and animals that serve as subjects in research.
6.4 The Nurse Anesthetist participates in research activities to improve practice, education, and public policy relative to the health needs of diverse populations, the health workforce, the organization and administration of health systems, and healthcare delivery.
7. Business Practices
Nurse Anaesthetists, regardless of practice arrangements or practice settings, maintain ethical business practices in dealing with patients, colleagues, institutions, and corporations.
7.1 The contractual obligations of the Nurse Anesthetist are consistent with the professional standards of practice and the laws and regulations pertaining to nurse anesthesia practice.
7.2 The Nurse Anesthetist will not participate in deceptive or fraudulent business practices.