The American Nurses Association has declared 2015 as the Year of Ethics, and has begun its efforts to recognize the impact ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care by releasing a revised code of ethics for the profession.
The public places its faith in nurses to practice ethically, ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, said in a news release. A patients health, autonomy and even life or death can be affected by a nurses decisions and actions. ANA believes its important that all nurses practice at the highest ethical level, and therefore, we will be offering a full range of activities to inform and support nurses to achieve that goal in a stressful and ever-changing healthcare environment.
The revised 2015 Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements was released Jan. 1. Several thousand RNs submitted comments during a four-year revision process for the new Code of Ethics, which was last updated in 2001.
Activities being held this year to emphasize the importance of ethics in nursing practice include:
A Jan. 21 live webinar, Keeping the Code: Every Nurses Ethical Obligation, with other webinars planned throughout the year.
The National Nurses Week theme, Ethical Practice. Quality Care, May 6-12.
The 2015 ANA Ethics Symposium designed to facilitate dialogue across the nursing spectrum, June 4-5 in Baltimore.
Publication of the Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses, scheduled for release in July.
In 2014, ANA participated as a strategic partner in the National Nursing Ethics Summit convened by the Johns Hopkins Universitys Berman Institute of Bioethics and School of Nursing to strengthen ethics in the profession. The summit resulted in the Blueprint for 21st Century Nursing Ethics: Report of the National Nursing Summit. Summit leaders are encouraging individuals and organizations to adopt and implement the ethics blueprint.