Nurses Speak Up! ANA Call for Input on Code of Ethics

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Guest Blogger: R.Nixon, RN (Nurse Becca)

imageThe American Nurses Association is busy working on a revised code of nursing ethics. Among topics are the standards and codes we all are expected to live by as nurses. If you are a seasoned nurse or novice nurse, you can get a membership at the American Association website and stay in tune to new topics and healthcare information. The American Nursing Association keeps nurses up to date on new best practice and ideas which implement patient advocacy.

I encourage nurses and student nurses to take a look at the ethics topics and provide feedback to increase a collective approach to how we interact as a compassionate profession. The deadline for entries or feedback is March 15th, 2013. If you have a few spare moments, go to the American Nursing Association website, scroll through the proposed codes and find a topic which speaks to your heart or intrigues your interest and provide a bit of input for improving nursing nationwide.image

Especially powerful are the words you might put in to nurses’ responsibility, and this is just my opinion, to stop the type of bullying even passively to help new nurses adjust to the culture of nursing with a friendly atmosphere of learning and practicing compassion…

Enough of a soapbox, it is very important to have the voices of as many nurses as possible to get an accurate description of the collective view of what nurses are made of.

And always remember “Nurses aren’t Angels, we’re the next best thing!”

About the Author

clip_image002R.Nixon, RN (Nurse Becca) is a graduate of North Idaho College in 2006 with a Pharmacy Technology Degree, Associate of Applied Science in Pre-Allied Health and Communication Certificate, Nurse Becca worked as a pharmacy technician which assisted her with learning much about medicine. She continued on with education and graduated (in the picture) from Wenatchee Valley College, Omak campus in June of 2011 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Nixon then worked over 5,000 hours an RN since mid-2011, and recently took her skills from the bedside to pursue BSN and continuing education as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Nurse Becca was recently diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease and went deaf in her right ear. The unpredictability of vertigo makes a big challenge. Upon completion of the BSN, Nixon plans to apply to the PharmD program to do pharmaceutical research in chemotherapeutics for children with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Nurse Becca is a mother of 7 kids at home, and the former scholarship coordinator at North Idaho College. Nixon reportedly loves helping students get scholarships and endeavor in lifelong learning. Interests and Activities: enjoys golf, poetry and reading blogs, listening to her daughters play the violin and numerous volunteer adventures in advocacy for Veterans and community.

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4 thoughts on “Nurses Speak Up! ANA Call for Input on Code of Ethics”

  1. Greg Mercer, MSN

    I graduated form Cornell with a B.A. in Philosophy way back when and a few careers ago. My focus was ethics. Outside of acadmia, clearly the action in ethics is not in theory: in the vast majority of situations Nurses or anyone else encounter, the ethics are plainly obvious. To focus on the the odd confusing quandry is intellectually interesting but also a common distraction from the meat of the matter. Ethics is fundamentlaly not about ideas but about doing the right thing, right acts, especially when they aren’t easy, fun, popular, or safe. In a vast majority of cases, wrong-doers know exactly why and how they’re doing wrong. They are simply too afraid or greedy or risk-averse or beaten down to bring themselves to do what they know is right. After they decide their course, all the rationalizations and defences crop up: these don’t explain bad acts but attempt to cover them up or justify them under scrutiny. As such, they are lies, both to to ouselves and each other.
    My point in all this? If we wish to support ethics, and not just appearances, then we are best served focusing not on policy papers – inherently far more political than ethical, isn’t it obvious? We will focus instead on encouraging ethical behavior on the ground, supporting those who do the right thing against the many people inside and outside of Nursing who punish such acts every day (Do you doubt it, really? No profession has ever been immune to good and evil), and protecting them from abuse by those who would protect their corrupt interests and misbehavior. Unless we act in the real world, we are not being ethical, but instead playing to some audience; yet another sham. Ethical Nurses, ALL Nurses, deserve better. Nursing leadship need to stop cutting corners with cheap appearances: only substance moves us forward.

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