ANA Code of Ethics

Ethical Principles from the ANA Code of Ethics

WGU nursing students and graduates are held to the same ethical standards set forth by the American Nurses Association (ANA). “The Code of Ethics for Nurses was developed as a guide for carrying out nursing responsibilities in a manner consistent with quality in nursing care and the ethical obligations of the profession.” (

On June 30, 2001, the House of Delegates of the ANA adopted a new code of ethics. The provisions as follow are for immediate use in teaching and practice. Refer to the ANA Code of Ethics for additional information on these standards. 


  1. The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
  2. The nurse's primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community. 
  3. The nurse promotes, advocates for and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient. 
  4. The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse's obligation to provide optimum patient care. 
  5. The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence and to continue personal and professional growth. 
  6. The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining and improving health care environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action. 
  7. The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development. 
  8. The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs. 
  9. The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice and for shaping social policy.



Article Number: 20511, 2900

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