Best practice: Live and practice ethically

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 2, 2009

Promoting a professional image of nursing means incorporating ethics into everyday practice. Help staff nurses focus on their ethical image by having them practice the following seven standards:

  1. Embrace racial, cultural, and creative diversity
  2. Tame the blame-assigning blame is destructive, so switch to problem solving
  3. Maintain confidentiality
  4. Don't confuse cutting corners with efficiency
  5. Practice patient understanding and empathy without judging too quickly
  6. Talk with people, not at them or about them
  7. Eliminate offensive words and comments from your vocabulary-they are degrading, unethical, and could have legal repercussions

Source: Adapted from HCPro's book
Our Image, Our Choice: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Nursing Profession.

Editor's note: Do you have a best practice you would like to share? E-mail them to senior managing editor Rebecca Hendren at and see your name in print!

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