CNA Code of Ethics 2017

The CNA Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses is a statement of the ethical values of registered nurses and nurses licensed in extended roles, such as nurse practitioners. It demonstrates nurses’ commitment to persons with health-care needs and persons receiving care.

The Code is both aspirational and regulatory:

It is an aspirational document designed to inform everyone about the ethical values, subsequent responsibilities and endeavours of nurses.

It is also a regulatory tool. Nursing in Canada is a self-regulating profession; thus, nurses are bound to a code of ethics as part of a regulatory process that serves and protects the public.

2017 Highlights
This edition of the Code contains new and updated content that reflects contemporary practice needs

medical assistance in dying

advance care planning


primary health care

job action

workplace bullying

ethical models for reflection including Oberle and Raffin Bouchal

advocating for quality work environments

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