Nurses Code of Ethics

Nurses follow a code of ethics as adopted by the American Nurses Association in 2001. These Codes relate to Human Rights and what our role is for maintaining these Human Rights. Go to this website for full information on the Code of Ethics.


Code of Ethics for Nurses
Provision 1.4

Respect for human dignity requires the recognition of specific patient rights, particularly, the right of self-determinism. Self-determinism, also known as autonomy, is the philosophical basis for informed consent in healthcare. Patients have the moral and legal right to determine what will be done with their own person; to be given accurate, complete, and understandable information in a manner that facilitates an informed judgement; to be assisted with weighing the benefits, burdens, and available options in their treatment, including the choice of no treatment; to accept, refuse, or terminate treatment without deceit, undue influence, duress, coercion, or penalty; and to be given necessary support thoughout the decision-making and treatment process.

Reprinted with permission from American Nurses Association, Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, ©2001, Silver Spring, MD. To order call, 800/637-0323 or order on-line at

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