National Student Nurses Association Code of Ethics
In addition to the professional code of ethics for nurses, WGU nursing students are held to the nursing student code of ethics that addresses both academic and clinical conduct. The following provisions apply as well as the full interpretative statements found at http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/NSNA_CoC_Academic_Clinical_Interp_Statements.pdf
Nursing students have a responsibility to society in learning the academic theory and clinical skills needed to provide safe, quality, nursing care. The clinical setting presents unique challenges and responsibilities for nursing students while caring for human beings in a variety of health care environments.
1) Advocacy: A responsibility of nursing students is to advocate for the rights of all clients.
2) Maintain client confidentiality.
3) Take appropriate action to ensure the safety of clients, self, and others.
4) Provide care for clients in a timely, compassionate and professional manner.
5) Communicate client care in a truthful, timely, and accurate manner.
6) Actively promote the highest level of moral and ethical principles and accept responsibility for our actions.
7) Promote excellence in nursing by encouraging lifelong learning and professional development.
8) Treat others with respect and promote an environment that respects human rights, values, and choice of cultural and spiritual beliefs.
9) Collaborate in every reasonable manner with the academic faculty and clinical staff to ensure the highest quality of client care.
10) Use every opportunity to improve faculty and clinical staff understanding of the learning needs of nursing students.
11) Encourage faculty, clinical staff, and peers to mentor nursing students.
12) Refrain from performing any technique or procedure for which the student has not been adequately trained.
13) Refrain from any deliberate action or omission of care in the academic or clinical setting that creates unnecessary risk of injury to the client, self or others.
14) Assist the staff nurse or preceptor in ensuring there is a full disclosure and that proper authorizations are obtained from clients regarding any form of treatment or research.
15) Abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages or any substances that impair judgement in an academic and clinical setting.
16) Strive to achieve and maintain an optimal level of personal health.
17) Support access to treatment and rehabilitation for students who are experiencing impairments related to substance abuse and mental or physical health issues.
18) Uphold school policies and regulations related to academic and clinical performance, reserving the right to challenge and critique rules and regulations as per school grievance policy.
Article Number: 20507, 2901