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Ethics and professional codes

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Abstract

In thinking about the principles that nurses might apply when facing moral dilemmas, it is useful to look at the guidance given by professional codes of ethics. In recent years, several codes for nurses have emerged. Not only is there an international code (ICN, 1973), but there are also codes for Canada, the USA, and the UK. In the course of the book we shall be looking at how the UKCC Code of Conduct, in particular, might apply in various situations. Since we are concerned not simply with codes, but with ethics as well, we need to look at how professional codes relate to ethics, and at how useful they are when making moral decisions.

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© Ruth Chadwick & Win Tadd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Ethics Philosophy SectionUniversity of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.Gwent Health AuthorityUK

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