The International Code of Ethics for Nurses

Each country has its own deontology and codes of ethics for healthcare professionals, but they all obey to an international code of ethics that defines the relationship between a nurse and people, profession, practice, and other healthcare professionals.

Nurses and People

Your primary responsibility as a nurse is to provide healthcare to people requiring it. In doing so, you must promote human rights, values, customs, and spiritual beliefs of each individual, their family or community.

You must ensure that your patient receives accurate, timely, and sufficient information in a manner they can fully understand so they can make an informed decision regarding consent for care and treatment.

In your relationship with patients, you must also hold all patient information confidential.

You also have the responsibility to initiate actions to meet the health needs of vulnerable people or those socially marginalized. In doing so, you must not hinder healthcare access to patients and must advocate for social equity and justice.

Nurse and Profession

As a nurse, you must assume a major role in defining and implementing acceptable standards for nursing practice, as well as participate in continuous medical education, management, and research.

You must take an active role in developing a professional core based on research and evidence-based practice.

You must also practice to sustain and protect the natural environment and contribute to promoting an ethical environment that condemns unethical practices and settings.

Nurses and Practice

As a nurse, you are responsible and accountable for your practice and for maintaining competence through continuous education. You must also maintain a standard of personal health that doesn’t compromise your ability to provide care.

You should use personal judgment and ethics regarding individual competence both when accepting and when delegating responsibilities.

You must maintain personal standards of conduct that reflect those of your profession and enhance your image and ability to inspire confidence. When using technology and scientific advances, you must make sure that they are compatible with the safety, dignity, and rights of your patients.

You must also promote and maintain practice through ethical behavior and open dialogue.

Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

As a nurse, you must sustain a collaborative and respectful relationship with other staff members, either nurses or other healthcare professionals. You must take appropriate action to safeguard individuals, families, and communities if another healthcare professional endangers the safety or integrity of a patient, coworker, or someone else.

You must take appropriate action to guide and support coworkers, explaining them and promoting the use of ethical conduct.

Nurse Salaries

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Nursing is a great field to pursue a career in, not only are you helping people but your skills are in high demand.  There has been a nursing shortage for a number of years and that trend is going to continue for the foreseeable future.  This nursing shortage does mean that there are an increase in salaries and nursing can be very lucrative.  Nursing salaries for LPNs will vary with your degree and specialty, let’s look at this further.

Factor in Determining your Salary

  • Years of experience
  • Type of degree and your education
  • Where you practice
  • Specialty

LPNs

Licensed practical nurses are educated for a year through a program at a community college, trade school or through the hospital.  After the training period is over then the students must pass an exam in order to get their license.  The average median salary for an LPN is roughly $44,000, that is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The salary can vary greatly depending on experience.

RNs

Registered nurses need to have a two year associate degree or a four year bachelor’s degree from a university.  Once again the student will need to pass an exam in order to get their license.  Registered nurses have a median salary of roughly $68,000 per year.  The salary will vary depending on where and how long you have been in the field.  Here is a closer look at what an RN can potentially earn.

APNs

Advanced practical nurse have more education and have a master’s degree and have chosen to focus on a particular area of specialty.  They tend to take more one on one care of patients.  Their salaries can be significantly higher than those of an RN or LPN and the salaries can range from $107,000 for a nurse practitioner all the way to $160,000 for a Certified Nurse Anesthetist.

Incentives

Because of the shortages of nurses there are several hospitals, clinics and nursing homes that offer incentive to encourage highly qualified candidates to join their organization.  These bonuses and incentives can include assistance with relocating or housing, daycare programs, tuition reimbursement and cash bonuses that can range from $2,000 to $20,000.  In order to qualify for the various incentives you will likely be required to sign a contract for a duration of time.

Nursing is an exceptional career with plenty of opportunity for growth and advancement.  The nursing shortage means that coming out of school you can look forward to excellent job prospects.