The provision 8 of the American Nurses Association (ANA)’s Code of Ethics highlights that nurses collaborate with other health care professionals and the local and global community in promoting health. Nurses are committed in fostering the health and well being of individuals and the community. This also includes the broader health needs such as, world hunger, pollution, equity in health care, and human rights. Nurses are also responsible in keeping themselves updated with the health conditions of the community (Nursing World, 2001).
Provision 8 states, “The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs.” (Nursing World, 2001). Provision 8 taught me that ANA’s goals are not limited to the health and welfare of individuals, but their goals also encompass the welfare of the community through promotion of collaborative work of nurses with other health professionals and the members of the community.
Provision 8 also states, “The nurse also recognizes that health care is provided to culturally diverse populations in this country and in all parts of the world. In providing care, the nurse should avoid imposition of the nurse’s own cultural values upon others.” (Nursing World, 2001). The ANA Code of Ethics does not explicitly define diversity. However, in clinical settings, I strongly believe that I am continually being exposed to people of diverse backgrounds – socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc. As a student nurse and a future nurse, I will set aside my own bias and view my world through a panoramic lens in order to provide quality care with sensitivity to others. As a student nurse and a future nurse, I will also continue in educating myself and in keeping myself informed with the current status of my community. With this, I will be able to better serve or better educate individuals and my community in promoting health.
ANA’s Code of Ethics shares similarities and differences in principles with the Canadian Nurses Association (CAN)’s Code of Ethics. As an example of similarities, Provision 1 of the ANA’s Code of Ethics encompasses nurses’ compassion and respect towards patients. Provision 1 further elaborates that nurses demonstrate compassion and respect by recognizing individuality, value system, and religious beliefs in creating a plan of care for patients (Nursing World, 2001). In the Canadian Nurses Association’s...