American Nurses Association Code of Ethics Critique and


AmericanNurses Association Code of Ethics: Critique and Summary


Article1: Critique

Thewriter starts the article with a precise definition and meaning ofthe term Ethics in nursing. The definition forms an introduction tothe article which attracts the reader to continue reading to knowabout the issue discussed in the paper. The writer further explainsthe importance of Nurses Association (ANA) code of ethics in regardsto moral and legal decisions made by nurses in their clinicalsettings (AmericanNurses Association, 2011).The introduction therefore can be said to precise but highlyinformative to the reader. However, the writer lacked the properpresentation of an introduction. Academically, an introduction shouldhave a formal look for instance in an essay format and not singleseparate sentences. The writer should also have considered giving thearticle a proper heading to enlighten the readers on what it is allabout.

Thewriter has clearly stated the nine provisions of the ANA code ofEthics. However, their presentation is poor since there is no flowin between the sentences. Despite having clearly stated theprovisions, the writer does not clearly explain how the variousprovisions of nursing Ethics are applied to enhance professionalismand patient care. The writer has given an example of how codeof ethics guides professional practice and patient care. The examplegiven fits into the discussion since it summarizes how the ANA codeof ethics can influence nurses’ decisions while at workplace. Thearticle can therefore to have some evidence supporting the mainarguments. In concluding the article, the writer explains howreligious teachings support ANA code of Ethics. However, theconclusion is not clear and the writer failed to clearly establishthe relationship between religious teachings and ANA code of ethics.An academic conclusion should summarize all the major pointspresented in an article.

Article2: Summary

Thearticle has discussed in detail the nine provisions of the AmericanNurses Association Code of Ethics, which guides nurses in terms ofprofessionalism and decision making to ensure safe health care. TheANA code of ethics directly speaks to nurse as professionals, remindsthem of their duties as professionals to patients, community andself. Provisions 1-3 of the code of ethics describes a nurse’saccountability to patients. Nurses are held accountable overpatient’s safety and quality health care and the ANA code of ethicsensures that this is observed. Provision 1 of the code of ethicsensures that nurses deliver evidence-based care and that they areculturally competent (American Nurses Association, 2015).Provisionfive talks about a nurse’s responsibility to his or herself.Research shows that nurses are among the top ranked in terms ofintegrity, ethical standards and honesty (Erickson and Millar, 2005).Provisions 4, 6, 7 and 9 tackles the general responsibility of thenurse to the nursing profession.

Asa nurse, Mathew 7:12 (Do to others what you would have them do toyou) is very important and forms the foundation of my nursingpractice. This is a religious teaching which guides me as a nurse toalways care about patient’s health needs and help them overcometheir sufferings by applying my best skills and expertise since thisis what I would like someone do to me while in such a difficultsituation. Work for the Lord with enthusiasm because by servingpeople you are serving the Lord (Ephesians 6:7). Another religiousteaching which reminds me to stay focused and learn to find happinessin delivering safe care to patients and at the same time serve myLord.


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