ARNNL Council Approves 2017 Edition of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses

October 23, 2017

Effective October 24, ARNNL Council approved the Canadian Nurses Association's (CNA) 2017 edition of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses as the authoritative criteria to guide ethical registered nurse (RN) practice for all ARNNL members, replacing the CNA's 2008 edition of the Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses sets out the ethical expectations for RN practice in Canada, as well as the broad aspects of social justice that are associated with health and well-being and that ethical nursing practice addresses.

The 2017 edition contains new and updated content that reflects contemporary practice needs. Highlights include:

  • New content addressing medical assistance in dying;
  • Updated terminology and definitions, such as advance care planning, equity, primary health care, workplace bullying;
  • Updated ethics models including Oberle and Raffin Bouchal;.
  • New content on advocating for quality work environments that support the delivery of safe, compassionate, competent and ethical care; and
  • Updated references.

Get your copy of the 2017 edition of The Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses at www.cna-aiic.ca/ethics

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